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Today is inauguration day in Washington DC. President Obama will be sworn in publicly as the President of the United States. I want to encourage Christians today to pray for President Obama and his family. Pray specifically these things:
- His salvation along with the salvation of his family (1 Timothy 2:1-6).
- Pray for God to grant him wisdom to lead (Proverbs 21:1).
- Pray for the Holy Spirit to convict him of sin when he sins or when he seeks to pass legislation based on greed, politics, or corruption (John 16:8-11).
- Pray for his eyes to be opened to the sinful decisions he has already made about abortion, homosexuality, and many other issues.
- Pray for God to be glorified in Obama’s second term as President (Daniel 4:32) and rejoice that God’s kingdom will crush all kingdoms including the kingdom of the United States (Daniel 2:44).
- Rejoice that Jesus is still Lord of all despite Obama being in the White House and He shall reign forever and ever (1 Timothy 6:15-16).
- Pray for the Democratic Party to turn away from a platform based on Romans 1:18-32 and its full rejection of God. Pray for God to have mercy and for Obama to turn the party away from ungodliness toward righteousness by the sovereign grace of God (Titus 1:1).
I also urge you to intercede for Congress and for state and local leaders taking office across the United States. Pray the same for them as above. Most important for the disciple of Christ is the understanding that Jesus is Lord of all (Romans 10:9-10) and He will crush all kingdoms by His own power and in His own timing (Acts 1:7).
Much has been written already on the 2012 US elections. Many godly men such as Dr. Al Mohler has pointed out that we are facing a dramatic culture shift in the United States. President Obama won both the popular vote and the electoral vote despite claims by political conservative pundits that he would lose. Some guaranteed Obama’s defeat (see Dick Morris for example). I felt that Obama would win but thought he would lose the popular vote. I was wrong on that as well.
What do we learn from the 2012 elections?
1. True Christianity Is Losing the Culture War.
Some “Christian” such as Rachel Evans hold that we should realize that younger “evangelicals” just don’t care about abortion or about same-sex marriage and thus why they voted for Obama. Christians have made the culture war their mandate for many years now but if we learn anything from the 2012 elections it would be that Christians are losing that battle. Same-sex marriage was passed in the states of Maine and Maryland and likely Washington. Minnesota rejected the idea (good for them). The map is clear that in the North and the Northwest, Christianity has little to no bearing on the voters. The South continues to support traditional marriage but it is a matter of time before that changes as well.
Our mandate as disciples of Jesus is not to transform our culture through politics. Our fight is not abortion or same-sex marriage though I think we should vote righteously on these issues. Our fight is for the gospel (Romans 1:16-17). The gospel will transform our society. You want people to have a biblical worldview? Then preach the Bible as the inerrant and infallible Word of God and that Jesus alone saves. This will transform our society from the inside out (Titus 3:1-7). People are dead in their sins (Ephesians 2:1-3) so why should we not be surprised when they vote for their flesh and not for God? We need to disciple our people to think biblically and to proclaim Jesus to the lost (Matthew 28:19-20). This will transform our nation.
2. Prayer Must Be A Focus!
The one positive that I see coming out of the 2012 elections would be the call to prayer. I feared that if Romney won the election then disciples of Jesus would view that as a reason to sit back and relax but with Obama winning, I saw many people calling for prayer. Good! This should not take the election of one wicked man to force us to pray. We should have been praying already. Paul tells us in 1 Timothy 2:1-7 what to pray for and it is clear that we should be praying for the lost to be saved. The true Church should pray for President Obama to repent of his sins and be saved (Acts 2:38). We should pray for Obama to repent of his views on abortion and on same-sex marriage. God can change Obama’s heart.
Jesus said in Luke 18:1 that we should always pray and not lose heart. How many lost heart over the elections last nigh? I did. I was discouraged when I went to bed and woke up with a heavy heart. But Jesus said that that should drive us to prayer. Our faith in a sovereign God should lead us to pray for the United States to repent and for God to be glorified in His Church (Ephesians 3:20-21).
3. Be Ready For a Fight Even Among “Christians”.
We will see a shift over the next four years. The younger “evangelicals” who have been soaked in postmodernism, in the seeker church, will push for evangelicals to come “mainline” with the political views of our culture. We will be asked to allow for same-sex marriage, to accept homosexuality as a legitimate lifestyle, and we will be asked to curb our focus on abortion. We will be asked to move more toward the left on most issues. The Republicans (and other “conservatives”) will move away from cultural issues toward more liberal views. Obama, at the 2012 DNC, was cheered for defending abortion and for coming out in favor of same-sex marriage. That view, an anti-God view, won last night. It is clear that our nation agrees with Mr. Obama, that abortion should be allowed and that homosexuality is legitimate. The Church should not.
We need to stand for what the Bible teaches. Many younger evangelicals will ask us to reinterpret texts that are against abortion or against homosexuality. When it comes to abortion, we will be asked to realize that we can never get rid of it but should seek to curb it. This is the stance of many evangelicals who supported Obama. They believe this is Obama’s view as well. We will be asked to embrace same-sex marriages and this will happen because the media will ridicule the traditional view, popular media will give us movies, television programs, and books that support same-sex marriage as a positive and good thing, and many evangelicals will grow weary trying to fight the push to accept the sinful practice of homosexuality. Many will simply give in and accept cultural norms without a fight.
4. A Clear Division In the Church.
We will see a rise coming of more and more seeker sensitive, shallow churches. Why? Because as the cultural moves more and more to the left, so will the Church. The Church will do this because they want to be popular, to draw crowds, and of course, make money. To preach against abortion, against socialism, against homosexuality, against adultery, etc. will not draw crowds. The words of 2 Timothy 4:3-4 will soon come to pass. The Church will either embrace postmodernism or will suffer. I pray that we will heed the words of 2 Timothy 3:12 and suffer for Christ.
On a positive note, the house church movement will grow! Many churches, to keep their budgets and to keep their buildings, will embrace postmodern Christianity but the true disciples of Jesus, the true Church will stand firm for the Lord (Matthew 24:13). House churches will grow because they do not require buildings or monies. Like the underground Church in China, the house churches in the United States will see growth over the years to come. We can rejoice in that.
May God separate the sheep from the goats (Matthew 25:31-46).
5. We Must Preach Salvation Through Christ Alone!
Postmodernism will ask the Church to reject the inclusive nature of the gospel but we must stand firm (Romans 10:14-17). Faith comes by hearing the gospel. We must preach the truth to people who will hate us for preaching the gospel. Have no fear. Even if they kill us, let us stand firm (Matthew 5:11-16). Jesus didn’t say the world would love us but rather they would hate us (John 15:18-25). Peter makes it clear in 1 Peter 4:12-19 that we will suffer for being disciples of Christ. There is no escaping the coming persecution. The truth has never been popular. We will be ridiculed for our stand for biblical marriage (Matthew 19:4-6), for our stand that homosexuality is a sin (Romans 1:26-27), for preaching that salvation is in Christ alone. We will be told to accept what culture defines as norm. May we resist! May we stand for the Word of God even when we are laughed at for doing so.
Salvation will never come through politicians. Transformation of our culture will not come through politics or by corrupting the gospel. True salvation will only come through making disciples (Mark 16:15-16). We must preach Christ alone. We must stand for Christ alone. We must preach His Word alone. We must not give in to the culture for to do so will mean the loss of eternal salvation through Christ. We must preach Jesus. We must declare to all people to repent of their sins (Acts 17:30-31). We must lay out the biblical demands of Jesus to follow Him (Luke 9:23-25; 14:25-35) and not water down the gospel for easy decisions. We must allow the Holy Spirit to do His sovereign work of regeneration (Titus 3:5-7). Salvation is from the Lord (Jonah 2:9) and He will save sinners as the disciples of Jesus preach His truth but we must open up our mouths and preach Him in order for souls to be saved.
I will post a longer piece possibly tomorrow on my thoughts on Election 2012 but for now let me say some quick words.
First, I actually wrote a “political” piece that I was going to post before the election in which I called the election for Obama. I saw so many holes in the Romney campaign and felt he would not win the electoral college votes needed to win the Presidency. I actually wrote that I believed the race would be close but Obama would win. On what basis he wins is beyond me. No President with this unemployment rate has ever won re-election but Obama did. Obama has been the most liberal, anti-God, anti-morality President we have ever witnessed. He has sent more money to liberal programs such as abortion clinics and he has increased the size of the federal government not to mention the fact that he has taken the US into more economic debt than ever seen before but nonetheless he won the elections. This is the judgment of God against our wicked nation. I am firmly convinced of that.
Secondly, it is clear that the United States needs the gospel. When a large percentage of evangelicals are found voting for Obama, something is wrong. I didn’t think Romney was the best choice for President but felt he represented values that the Church should ascribe to much more so than Obama yet a large amount of “Christians” voted for Obama. Stop and consider the fact that Obama is pro-homosexual marriage, pro-murdering the unborn, and he is anti-God in many of his policies. Yet he won. This shows me that the US needs the gospel. We don’t need a political revival. We need a move of the Spirit. We are so far from God as a nation.
Thirdly, we are still a deeply divided nation. It appears that same-sex marriages will now be allowed in four more states: Maryland, Washington, Maine, and in DC (though DC is not a state). This is very troubling. It shows that we are still a divided nation. The South almost all voted for Romney and in the past have voted for the protection of marriage. We are seeing a nation that is still divided on moral issues much like we were in 1860 with the election of Lincoln and the main issue was states’ rights and slavery. Today the battle is traditional marriages and whether we will cast aside thousands of years of tradition for sin. I pray that God will turn the tide by saving many homosexuals (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
Lastly, the Church needs to pray. We need to pray for our Government and for them to be saved (1 Timothy 2:1-6). We need to pray for Obama to repent. We need to pray for God to pour out His Spirit upon our nation so that our nation repents (Acts 3:19-20). We need to pray for the gospel to go forth in power in our nation to bring sinners to Christ (Mark 16:15). We need to pray for the Church to repent of not preaching the gospel and for the Church to rise up and cast off entertainment in favor of honoring God and His eternal kingdom that will never end (Daniel 2:44).
“We need to vote God back into America again.” ”We need to put God back in His rightful place in our nation.”
These are quotes directly from people on Facebook about “the most important election in our life time.” People are crying out to God to remove President Obama and for Him to restore His glory by placing His man in the White House.
I have many issues with such a view.
First, if you really want God back in America, it will not begin in the White House or any other political office. It begins with preaching the gospel! You want to turn American away from sin, from immorality, from the just wrath of God against our wicked nation (Romans 1:18-32) then it begins with the cross of Christ (Romans 1:16-17). My advice for turning America to God is to preach Him, to glorify Him, to exalt Him, to preach His Word, to preach His salvation. It doesn’t begin with elections but with preaching the God who elects. If we will preach Christ and stop preaching for entertainment, we will see a transformation in America as people repent of their sins (Acts 3:19-20, 26).
Secondly, if you really want God back in America, we must have a mighty move of repentance. It will not come from elected officials. It will not come from legislation. God will be glorified when the Church repents of playing games with the gospel and not being diligent in making disciples (Matthew 28:19-20). Our national sins of abortion, of racism, of homosexuality, of adultery, of lying, of greed, of covetousness, etc. all flow from our rebellious, hard hearts that are against God. We don’t love God. We despise Him (Romans 3:10-18). We don’t want Jesus to rule over us (1 Samuel 8:7-9). Apart from the gospel, we are all God-haters and would gladly kill Him if He was here. It is the only the gospel that sets us from being God-haters to being slaves of Christ (John 6:44). God must save sinners through the preaching of the gospel in order for our nation to turn and the Church must get back to this basic truth: preach the Word (2 Timothy 4:2).
Third, while it is true that God does give nations over to their sins, He has never forsaken His faithful disciples (Hebrews 13:5). He never will. God has never “left” America or any other nation. He allows them to dive into sin but He is sovereign over the nations and He will reign over the nations forever. Consider Psalm 2:1-9:
Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
“Let us burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”
He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.
Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
and terrify them in his fury, saying,
“As for me, I have set my King
on Zion, my holy hill.”
I will tell of the decree:
The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have begotten you.
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and the ends of the earth your possession.
You shall break them with a rod of iron
and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”
Does God seemed worried about the nations? Not in the least bit. Is God worried about who will be elected President of the United States or who is on the throne in China or any other nation? Not at all. In fact, Psalm 2:4 says that He scoffs the nations. God is laughing at the nations and scoffing them! He is not worried about being voted out of office at all.
Know this disciple of Jesus: The LORD reigns and He will reign forever more! We need not fear.
I don’t begin to write a post on the US Presidential elections. I have seen so many posts on them that I am frankly tired of politics. Sadly, too many people believe that what ills the United States is who is the White House. The thinking seems to be, “If we can just get _____ elected then the United States will repent.” I know that most would not say those words but that is how we often act in the Church toward politicians. I just don’t care about politics. God will be exalted no matter who is the White House or how the economy does. God is God and we must submit to His authority (Romans 11:33-36).
That said, I want to encourage disciples of Jesus to pray for the elections based on 1 Timothy 2:1-8. Pray that
- Politicians would be saved by God’s grace through faith and repentance in the Lord Jesus Christ.
- For the United States to repent of our sins especially the sin of abortion.
- For all our leaders both nationally and locally to repent of their sins.
- For God to be glorified through His Church (Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 3:20-21).
- Pray especially for whoever is elected President to repent of their sins.
- Praise God that His kingdom will someday destroy the kingdoms of this world (Daniel 2:44).
What we need in our nation is for the gospel to be preached (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:47; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; Romans 1:16-17; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4) and for many souls to be saved by God’s grace (Acts 2:47).
As we approach the upcoming elections here in the United States, may we as disciples of Jesus Christ remember that our God is the Sovereign ruler of the nations. He alone is God! He alone reigns! Every knee will bow to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and confess that He alone is Lord (Philippians 2:5-11) including every US President and every king who has ever lived.
In light of this, I want to give you some Scriptures to meditate upon about the sovereign rule of God. Let us declare to all nations that Jesus is Lord and that we are citizens of His eternal kingdom (Daniel 2:44).
Deuteronomy 4:39; 10:14, 17
2 Kings 19:15
1 Chronicles 29:11-12
2 Chronicles 20:6
Job 25:2; 40:6; 41:11
Psalm 5:2; 10:16; 22:27-28; 24:1, 10; 29:10; 44:4; 45:6; 47:2, 8-9; 66:7; 67:4; 74:12; 83:18; 84:3; 89:14; 93:1-2; 95:3; 97:1-2, 9; 98:6; 99:4-5; 103:19; 113:4; 115:3; 145:1, 13; 146:10; 149:2
Isaiah 6:5; 33:22; 37:16; 43:15; 44:6; 66:1
Ezekiel 18:1, 4
Daniel 2:20-21, 47; 4:34-35; 6:26
1 Timothy 1:17; 6:15
Meditate upon these and have no fear for our God is in control!