In the heated debates leading to the election, I heard one pretty convinced, yet gentle person say: "Whoever Wins, He Is My President." Right now, we know that the "he" is Senator Barack Obama, the 44th elected President of the United States. Indeed, Mr. Obama said in his acceptance speech in Chicago: "For those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote tonight, but I hear your voices. I will be your president, too."
I was thinking after the election, what are some of the ways that I, as an individual and as pastor, am called to demonstrate that Mr. Obama, the President of the United States, is my president.
In the first place, I am called to love him as a human being and as the leader of the country. Jesus Christ tells his disciples and all of us today to love one another as Christ has loved us. The people in leadership need to feel the love of the people that they are leading. We need to encourage the people of goodwill to do good and to do away with any vestige of hatred towards our leaders.
Secondly, I am called to honor him. I am called to honor him as the President and I am called to honor the office that he is holding. In January 2009, he will take an oath declaring that he will defend this nation and be meticulous in his following of the Constitution of the United States. Honor is a scarce commodity these days. Many people fail to honor elders, teachers, police officers, governors, and presidents.
Thirdly, I am commanded by the Lord to keep him in my prayers. Paul writes to Timothy: "I urge, then first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God." (1Timothy 2:1-2) In another passage we read: "The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases." (Proverbs 21:1) The old prophet Samuel spoke to Saul at this departure: "As for me, far be it that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right." (1 Samuel 12:23)
Fourthly, I am called to speak positively and truthfully. Probably for many people this is the most difficult. There are so many false and prejudiced statements masquerading as truth that is extremely difficult to speak only those things that are truthful, honorable and excellent. We have to guard our minds and mouths and not allow them to be transporters of those things that are not truthful.
Fifthly, I am called to follow him and give him my support in the areas that are not in contradiction to the principles of God. In many instances, in references to various passages of the Bible, President-elect Obama lifted up the concerns that God has for the widows and the orphans; those who do not have lobbies in Washington and are easily abused by others. The voices of the orphans, the widows, and the needy are heard by God and also should be heard by us. At the same time, if President-elect Obama continues his position towards the unborn, he will consign millions to their deaths before they see the light of day. If God is hearing the voice of the orphans, the widows, and the needy, he is also hearing the cries of those whose lives are being terminated in the womb. If the blood of Abel who was killed by his brother Cain cries to God, it is also true that the blood of the millions that have been aborted in this country and who will be aborted in the future cry to God for help.
I invite the readers of this column to consider these suggestions and do them for the sake of this great country and for the sake of the president who will take the leadership of the country.