Did God Choose Obama?

These thoughts stem from someone who said to me, ‘The Bible says that God establishes all authority. If he chose Obama you should quit talking bad about his policies and get behind him or be quiet; or do you not trust God with this?” My feeling is that God also put Herod in place… but John the Baptist still opposed him publicly for his immorality. There is no doubt that we who are Christians and Americans are Christians first. In following Christ, where are our responsibilities regarding patriotism and morality?

The primary passage of this discussion says, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God” (Romans 13:1). To disagree, even passionately, with leadership or authorities is not rebellion. Neither is it a lack of trust in God. We are not the children of the president and he is not above challenge even if established in that office by God.

God is sovereign.

Here is the short version of my argument. God, in his wisdom gave us the privilege of choosing our own leaders. About 130 million people participated in this selection process. The majority of those people claim a belief in God. When God allowed Israel to choose a king, (though he was against it) He told them, “When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you and have taken possession of it and settled in it, and you say, “Let us set a king over us like all the nations around us,” be sure to appoint over you the king the LORD your God chooses (Deuteronomy 17:14-15 – emphasis mine).

You see if God gives his children the opportunity to choose their own leaders, he expects them to appoint the ones He chooses. So the responsibility is on us to seek God, to know his will and to appoint those who would honor Him. Because he chose us, through us, he establishes our leaders. We have a responsibility whomever we choose, to hold them accountable for the decisions they make.

But the truth is we neglect our responsibilities. We vote our comfort. We did not challenge the over the top spending of the Bush administration, because we were comfortable. But now the pressure is on. The comfort is lost and the spending went from over the top to ten degrees past insanity. The current friction began with concern over our comfort. But when people began to examine all that Obama intends to do and the amount of money it will take, it stopped being about comfort and started being about policies. This is largely because bad policies affect our comfort.

I don’t think Americans at Town Hall Meetings and Tea Parties showed up because they suddenly saw that our choice was not God’s choice. I wish this were true. People chose Obama because of flash, narrative, and the ‘hope and change’ mantra. But the hope is false and the change is bad. My contention is that his policies are bad for America and are dishonorable toward God and Christ.

Did God choose Obama – no, He established him. When He entrusted us with the honor of appointing our leaders, He established the ones we chose. For better or worse – God gives us what we demand. This is not true in every country, but it is true in ours. When we choose our leaders, God is allowing us to affirm Him as our Lord. When the Israelite people demanded a king – God said to Samuel, “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king” (1 Samuel 8:7). Did we as a people, in selecting the current leaders, appoint the one that God chose?

3 Responses to Did God Choose Obama?

  1. beverly says:

    this is a very good point! i keep telling bobby that Obama is in God’s plan or he would not have let it happen. it just shows that our money and our time needs to go to spreading the word, to touch peoples hearts with Christ, so we can all make the right decisions about our leaders.

  2. velvet says:

    I like to read these political commentaries when I have a chance. You’re great to tackle them head on. I like the clarification you give on God establishing leaders. Great OT correlation there.

  3. Doris says:

    I beg to differ with you on your views about the money that was spent. In my opinion it was necessary. And president Obama has done a phonomenal job. He’s done a lot to move this country forward, and people like you want to take this country back to a place where civil war is inevitable. It’s people like you who proclaim to be Christian that give Christianity a bad name. Why not follow the Bible and what it says instead of pretending to follow it by quoting a few scriptures.

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