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God Appoints Kings

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by Amber Maccione

Having a Godly Attitude about Election 2012

This morning when I awoke to my Facebook, I noticed a lot of my church going friends (Christians) were bashing President Obama and making comments about wanting to puke all because Obama won over Romney. I am not going to say whom I voted for as there were a lot of things I believed Romney had right as well as a lot of things Obama had right. But I was shocked that Christians would boldly state things that showed a poor attitude that Christ would not be please with.

As I kept reading such comments, a reoccurring phrase kept popping in my head – God appoints Kings and governments. I knew the Bible talked about such things, yet Christians continued to bash whom God had provided for governing of the United States. I also knew that if it had been Romney who won, these Christian friends of mine would have a whole different attitude.

So I went to the Bible to see exactly what it said. I came across 3 different places that talked about what our reaction to appointed government should be.

1) Romans 13:1-2 Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.

2) 1 Timothy. 2:1-2 First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.

3) Ezra 6:10 so that they may offer sacrifices pleasing to the God of heaven and pray for the well-being of the king and his sons


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In Romans, God instructs us to not resist the governing authorities because they exist because God put them there. Therefore, why are we in our attitudes resisting that Obama was elected?

In 1 Timothy, God urges us to pray, make petitions, and give thanks on behalf of who is elected. So why are we saying we want to puke, leave the country, and bashing Obama? Shouldn’t we be writing letters to urge him and encourage him? Shouldn’t we be giving thanks to God for whom He has provided to govern us?

And in Ezra, God tells us to pray for the well being of our king and his family. So shouldn’t we instead of bashing, be on our knees praying for the well being of Obama, Michelle, and his two daughters?

There was another thing that I saw in this election too. One of my Christian friends was disappointed that so many voted for Obama who stood for things such as abortion and gay marriage. Another phrase came to mind – I am for Peter; I am for Paul; etc. I went to the Bible again to see the exact Scripture. I found 2 places in 1 Corinthians.

1) 1 Corinthians 1:12 Now I mean this, that each one of you is saying, "I am of Paul," and "I of Apollos," and "I of Cephas," and "I of Christ."

2) 1 Corinthians 3:4 For when one says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos," are you not mere men?

As a Christian, I thought it was our role to represent Christ and to promote Christ not promote a mere man. So why are we disappointed that a so called Christian would vote for Romney or even Obama? We are not of Romney or of Obama. As Christians we are of Christ.

These are just some things to think about as the election closes and we live with President Obama as our President. Let’s change out attitude towards him. Let’s be in prayer for him. Let’s write letters of petition to him. Let’s be of Christ and let our light shine in a world that desperately needs Christ – not an Obama or a Romney or any other man we think should be in that seat.

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      Pete 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      As Christians, I believe we are to pray for those in authority over us, no matter what political platform they are standing on. God can move mountains, so moving the heart of a mere human (or the circumstances around him) seems somewhat simple to the One who made it all.

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      Frank Slovenec 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Yes, I agree. I did not vote for our president. He is our president all authority comes from God and I know God has a plan. In addition we need to respect the office of the president. So I may not agree, I will pray for him, his family and he entire administration.

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      Jose Misael Polanco 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Obama may have absolute different points of view and be liberal but yet he is the president.

      We can still do more for our community not only voting but there is much more to do, the bible also says to help those who need it, to share what he have with others, and to help and care for others just as Jesus did.

      We are like open gospels that people will look at and expect to see something....many people will not read other gospel than our lives.

      thanks for opening this topic. Really nice to have you as a writer.

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      Paul K Francis 4 years ago from east coast,USA

      I am of Christ regardless of who is living in the white house and yet I have a feeling that in some way God may work some wonders through that man. Mr. Barak Obama is the president of the United States of America, may God bless him and his family.

      I enjoyed reading your refreshing article.

      Long live the U.S.A.

      Long live God.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      This hub caught my eye, because that is what I've always tried to share with people. We need to pray that God leads and guides Obama in the right directions, not complain.

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      Amber 4 years ago from Winter Park

      I grew up in a Christian home and was sent to a Christian school for elementary school. There was one assignment that my 4th grade teacher had us all do and has become a tradition for me - writing to the President. Most of the time, I get a gernaric letter back and a picture signed (or not, Clinton didn't sign his). Bush, Sr. sent me a book about the White House rooms and also a history of his family, which was pretty cool. But this tradition became real to me when Obama became President four years ago. I wrote him a letter urging him on the issues of abortion and our loyalty to Israel. I was an adut now and I knew my job was to petition the government not complain that the person I wanted lost. I think everyone should write the President with their concerns and thoughts. That is being proactive instead of reactive.

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      Ken Taub 4 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Wise, kind, (and unlike FOX) honestly fair & balanced. Nice Amber. Best wishes for a lovely holiday season. Ken

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      Amber 4 years ago from Winter Park

      Thanks Ken! I used to not be fair and balanced. I credit the fact that I am to my education at Bryan College in Dayton, TN. It taught me to keep an open mind alongside keeping with my personal beliefs.

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      Ken Taub 4 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Good, then you'll have a fun dialogue with the Jew, and a NY Jew at that.

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      Amber 4 years ago from Winter Park

      I'm actually Jewish! LOL! My mother is Jewish and my father Christian. I consider myself to be a Messianic Jew because I believe Jesus to be the Messiah that us Jews had been waiting for. Hope your Hanakkuh has been wonderful!

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