The news came not long after our poles in Washington closed: Barack Omama – 44th President of the United States. Safe to say that my heart broke in a million pieces; the tears began to well up in my eyes and I found myself asking God, “what did we do wrong?”
Nothing…but the cries in this nation did drown out the cries for mercy.
It was almost as if something shifted in the atmosphere around me. I watched as so many supporters of Obama prayed and walked church sanctuaries – I watched them gather in Chicago – I watched as the media plastered testimonies of his good graces and accomplishments across their screens. So many Christian people deceived. I’m sure that the man, Barack Obama is a good man, and I am proud of this nation for making history by electing the first African American president. However, I am amazed by the vast number of people that claim to know the word of God and yet elect a man whose values rarely reflect it. I believe that this is why my heart broke.
I was reminded of a story in 1 Samuel 8. Samuel was a judge and a prophet. People respected this man and the decisions he made in the land. He appointed his sons as judges over Israel, but they became dishonest and made horrible choices. The people came together and asked for a king to judge Israel “like all other nations.” However, this displeased Samuel, so he prayed.
God answered him and said:
“Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them. Like all the deeds they have done since the day I brought them up from Egypt event to this day – in that they have forsaken Me and served other gods – so they are doing to you also. Now then, listen to their voice; however, you shall solemnly warn them and tell them of what is to come.”
And Samuel warned the people of what would happen as a result of this king they asked for: they would cry to the Lord but He would not answer. But the people didn’t care. They wanted someone to judge them and go before them in battle because, obviously, God couldn’t do this or wasn’t doing it good enough for their liking. So the people were appointed a king.
We’ve bowed down to the gods of fame, sex, and independence. We have sacrificed our children in the name of feeling good. We have perverted sacred things, and have now even allowed assisted suicide in the land. But we are subject to the governing authorities. May I remind you, however, that “there is no authority except from God, and those which exist in authority are established by God.” Romans
The Lord is not stupid – He knew this was coming. But I must ask why we have allowed ourselves to come to this point. We cannot go back and change the past, but we can affect the future. Our voice may be taken away as things that are not of God are called right. We might see the economy crash and our nation get involved in an even greater war, but God is still God. “Change” will be far different than any of us imagined. You can’t go wrong with using that word – good or bad. All our President-elect has promised us is the inevitable; the one constant in life is change.
But watch and see…the proof is in the pudding.
And this is the time to pray. In fact, I don’t think I want to go back to living my life as usual anymore. I really can’t. It’s all or nothing and I will not be the one too afraid to open my mouth when push comes to shove. It’s time to prepare the way of the Lord – to learn what it is to be One in the Spirit – One as God, the Son and the Holy Spirit are One. That’s the way we will make it through this.
God is God – I am not