No doubt that for many Christians, the election of Barack Obama as president is disheartening, maybe even depressing. Never before has somebody so opposed to Christian values been put into power. What’s more, with a fully Democratic controlled Senate and House, the next four to eight years will be dark ones. Because this isn’t a political blog, I’m not going to get into the specific reasons why. Instead, I want to offer a Biblical perspective on what happened yesterday.
Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him. To you, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we asked of you, for you have made known to us the king’s matter. (Daniel 20-22, ESV)
God is in supreme control of everything that happens here on Earth. Nothing escapes His notice. He knows and determines the number of hairs on our heads and when every sparrow falls (Matthew 10:29-30). God exercises total sovereignty over all of His creation.
This sovereignty includes the appointments of pharaohs, kings, and presidents. Every person in power was put in power by God. In Romans 13:1, Paul writes, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” No leader has ever ascended the throne without the permission of the Lord. This includes the now President-Elect Barack Obama. He only exists to further God’s will on this earth and during this time.
What we need to take away from this election is that God is good and is in control. He has His reasons for appointing Barack Obama to lead this nation, whatever they may be. As followers of Jesus Christ, it is our duty to trust in what the Lord is doing for our country. Let us take comfort in knowing who God is.