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Three Fabulous Reasons to Celebrate Barack Obama

My husband and I cast our absentee votes about a week ago. It cost about six Euro to mail the old fill-in-the-bubble ballots. Worth every penny, even if I did have to pay the German post office to do it. We cast our votes. Then we waited.

We watched CNN to try to get a feel for how it was going yesterday. Facebook updates kept me abreast of the long lines and the drama. My level of appreciation deepened as I realized afresh the welcome void this year. Not having to deal with all the campaign ads. And the fact that, not even once during this entire 2012 election process, was I forced to take my eyes off the road as I drove past front yards bejeweled with seasonally decorative yard signs. Nobama! Or Vote Yes on Issue Whatever.

The sense of urgency and dread that I read between the lines of all those tweets and facebook stati (did I pluralize that correctly?) reminded me of my junior year in college. The year President Bill Clinton won the election and my teeny-tiny Christian liberal arts university in the middle of Nowhere, Indiana freaked out. Because, truly, we would all have to move to Canada. Our country was going to get that bad!

I’m not well-versed in political things. I will tell you that straight up. And I am okay with that. (Here’s where you send me a note or leave me a comment and tell me how I’m un-American and don’t fully appreciate the freedoms I have been given. Or maybe you can remind me that it is my duty as a follower of Christ to keep up on all the issues that face our nation. Please do. I love comments.) But I know my Real Leader. And I trust Him.

That’s why today I propose a celebration of our (not new) President. Three reasons to thank Almighty God for this election and its outcome.

1. God is working.

Even when He doesn’t do what we think He should. Even if you personally do not believe Barack Obama to be the best man for the job. God is sovereign. In control. Almighty. And maybe, just maybe, He is calling you to a deeper, more intimate trust-walk with Him by peeling away the luxury of having someone in charge whom you like.

2. If we disdain our leader, we only shame ourselves.

Here’s where the trust comes in. We don’t have to agree with him. We don’t even have to like him. But if we do not respect Barack Obama as a person whom God has allowed such power, we ourselves will disdain the very truths we stand for and consequently bring shame to the cause for which we stand.

Submit to one another our of reverence for Christ (Eph. 5:21).

3. Barack Obama is not God.

Phew! Glad I cleared that up. I don’t know the status of their relationship — Mr. Obama’s and God’s. But I know this. There is only One God. And He is the One in charge. The Sovereign and Holy One Who gets the final say. Even over Barack Obama. No matter what.

The issues are heavy. I realize that. But so is the truth. And that truth, which comes from God alone, is reason enough to celebrate. Even in defeat.

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23 Thoughts on “Three Fabulous Reasons to Celebrate Barack Obama

  1. Sharon on November 7, 2012 at 8:19 am said:

    Well said, Bria!

  2. Great response! Thanks, Bria!!!

  3. I am a Christian and I did vote for Pres. Obama, but I think your three statements are still true for those of us who are celebrating. God is working: I pray he is working in the heart of Mr. Obama to deepen his faith. If we disdain: if we disdain those who didn’t want Obama to win then we are no longer loving each other as Christ called us to. Obama is not God: And I can not expect him to be perfect or to save the world because my Jesus already has. Thank you for posting this!

  4. I agree! Thanks for this post- I have been thinking and praying about this through this whole election season.

  5. Well said. Profoundly simple truths boldly put out for all the world to see. That’s taking a stand. Proud of you, Brianna. Brad, Tribe Writer

  6. Very well done Bria. You helped me re-think my paradigms, and reminded me of Who is really in charge.
    DAD

  7. Linda Thompson on November 7, 2012 at 10:07 pm said:

    Thanks for true words that we all need to remember and live by..the best part is the 3rd. point, about who our God is and He is in control, and we can believe that and trust in that!!!

  8. Thanks so much for posting this Bria. I really had a hard time with these election results. I feel scared for our country and what it is going to be like in the future, for our kids. Things are changing. I feel like so many people are blinded from truth. But what a comfort in knowing that even if things are changing, for what I feel like is for the worse, God is allowing those changes for His purpose. He is in charge!! He’s got it covered. He’s got us covered. Thanks for the reminder! I know I really needed it.

  9. I agree completely! I didn’t vote for President Obama. I was disappointed when he won but not at all surprised. I’m not worried about it though. I am going to simply pray for him. God has changed the heart of Kings far worse. We did our part by voting. God is in control of the outcome. Even if our economy gets worse God has through out history brought His people out of far worse situations. This is exactly the message I’ve been trying to get across. I’m going to share this with my friends on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks, Brianna!

  10. I appreciate this post. I was shellshocked by the outcome of our election. I didn’t want Obama for a second term, and I cried when he won. For our country. Then, I got over it and reminded myself that God does call us to honor our president. But, I worship our God and I will become a more informed citizen for next time. I plan to place a stronger emphasis on teaching my teens about being a good citizen. Not to parrot our beliefs, but to think critically and understand the world around them when making decisions. To be involved. I am sharing this on Twitter. I feel your fear, followers might look at the title and run. BUT I stand with you

  11. One more thing, in all sincerity I would like to know why Obama supporters chose him. Not the gay/abortion issues. But as a man why they respect him. I will honor that information and give him his dues

    • Christa, I would like to reply to your question. And I think it is a fair question. I want to tell you a little bit about who I am first before I answer you so you can get a little context.

      I am a 23 year old christian woman working in a rural area of western NC. I work for a nonprofit that works with women and children who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, rape, and homelessness. Knowing these women and the struggle they and their families go through affects the way I think about almost everything, especially politics.

      Here are the reasons why I voted for Obama with additions as to why I did not vote for Mitt Romney:

      1. I think Obamacare is a wonderful thing, especially for low income families and the chronically ill. Here is a website you can go to that explains the ways in which Obamacare helps people: http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2012/06/obamacare-supreme-court-regular-americans

      2. I believe Obama’s economic plan is a good one and will strengthen the economy. (This one I must say is a big one to me because I just graduated college) Here is a website that explains his 27 point plan for the economy: http://www.businessinsider.com/obamas-plan-second-term-economy-jobs-election-2012-10?op=1

      3. I believe Obama has a clearer understanding of foreign policy. I think he has mended bridges between our nation and others, I am thankful that he brought my cousin back from Afganistan, and I like how he leads with diplomacy and not force. Here is a website from the white house explaining Obama’s views on Foreign Policy: http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/foreign-policy

      Also I didn’t like how Romney advocated for a much larger navy. I might have read him wrong, but Romney came across to me as someone who wanted the US to be the “biggest bully on the playground.” I do not believe it is the US responsibility to tell other nations that are smaller or less powerful what to do. I felt like Romney thought US culture and beliefs were superior to other cultures and beliefs, and I do not agree with mentality.

      4. I believe Obama is a good person. In everything he does and says I believe Obama truly cares about people. He appears to be genuine, trust worthy, and kind. He treats his wife with respect and love. He is openly affectionate to Michelle and his children. He has never said or done anything that makes me feel like he has secrets or a hidden agenda. I believe he has a good heart and he cares about people. (This on is more of an observed reason and not a policy based belief)

      On the opposite side, I felt like Romney was unpredictable and inconsistent. Before running for the Presidency Romney supported abortion and implemented a healthy care system in his state that was very similar to Obamacare. Once he began to run for office he changed his views (and I don’t think he had a change of heart as much as he wanted the support of the conservative republican base). Romney also said things behind closed doors that leaked out which concerned me. I believe the 47% statement was a glimpse into Romney’s heart about how he really feels about people who have smaller incomes and are on government assistance (this is where my background comes in. Many of the women I work with can’t survive without government assistance and Romney’s carelessness about these women greatly disturbs me.) I also got the feeling every time he talked that he was trying to sell me something (this is a personal observation.) One of the big issues I had with Romney was his campaign ran ads in Ohio talking about how Chrysler and Jeep were sending jobs over to China. Chrysler rebuked the ads saying they were completely untrue. Romney’s campaign refused to take the adds off the air. Here Romney is not just telling falsehoods about the president but he is also throwing a company under the bus. I just could not vote for a man who would insist on telling falsehoods. Here is an article about the ads from the Huffington post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/polling/postabc-poll-finds-obama-romney-virtual/2012/10/14/afd40b36-167c-11e2-a346-f24efc680b8d_page.html

      5. I decided I could not vote according to social issues. As a christian I believe we live in a fallen world that will remain fallen until Christ comes back. In 2 Corinthians 4:4 Paul even calls Satan the “god of this age.” I believe Paul is saying Satan has great influence over this world because it is fallen. THANK GOD Jesus Christ rules over our hearts and doesn’t allow Satan to have power of us! That being said I believe Homosexual marriage and abortion will win every time because fallen people vote in a fallen world. (I would like to comment on Amendment 1 here: Amendment 1 changed the legal definition of marriage in the state of NC to one man and one woman, it was talked about as the anti-homosexual marriage amendment. Many of the women I work with have 50Bs against male intimate partners they are not married to, but at the time the state saw them as legally married. Because the amendment was passed there is now a possibility their abuser can take the 50B to court and get it over thrown because they are no longer considered “married” by the state. This amendment created a lot of fear in my agency clients and in the coalitions we work with.) Here is a website with information about amendment one: http://www.protectallncfamilies.org/the-truth

      I hope this satisfies your question, Christa. Again, thank you for asking! I was wondering if you could now do the same. I would like to know why Romney supporters voted for him. I hope you have a wonderful day filled with love from our Father! I pray that as we travel together into the next four years Christians will rise together to support and pray for our president!

      Romans 13:1-7 “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

      This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”

      1 Peter 4:8a “Above all, love each other deeply,”

      Gena

      A few more things:
      This is an interesting poll taken by the Washington post before the election: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/polling/postabc-poll-finds-obama-romney-virtual/2012/10/14/afd40b36-167c-11e2-a346-f24efc680b8d_page.html

      • Gena, thank you! I am so impressed by your thought processes. And I love, love, love that you have sought God in this so fervently. Thank you, also, for serving Him as you love and serve those women you work with. Truly.

  12. Nicely written. Whether or not we agree with his politics, I think It’s our responsibility to do our part as citizens to make the country better. D.C. is just one little spot in a great big country.

  13. Well, I really like it. Well said and amen. I am a libertarian who doesn’t believe in big government (that govt governs best which governs least, in the words of Mr. Jefferson) and I am definitely not pleased about the 16 trillion dollar debt, the unfunded liabilities and mandates, and the general sense that somebody else is responsible for paying for all my crap–but God raises kings and deposes them (Daniel 2:21) and politics can never be our highest good, as Christians.

  14. Wendi Messner on November 10, 2012 at 11:09 am said:

    Well said Bria!

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