Now that God has decided the next president of the United States and the fanfare is over for now, all political eyes will be watching as the inagauration day approaches and a new hope takes his place on Capitol Hill. African Americans are celebrating the historic value of this moment in history and rightly so. Africa is pleased that a native son has risen above the spectacle of human history. It seems the hope of the world is being poured out upon President Elect Barack Obama from sea to shining sea. This in itself is a historical moment. When in history have so many nations had majorities of it's people favor any president of the United States?
 
We should already know the celebration will soon end.
 
As Christians what should our FIRST response be? Should we debate the issues? Take sides? Put our hope in a man with faults and fallacies like you and I? The Bible is very clear about our first response. In fact it reads just that way.
 
First of all...
 

1 Timothy 2:1-6 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

Supplications
Prayers
Intercessions
And giving of thanks (To God) be made for ALL men...

For:

kings
for ALL that ARE IN authority (Not hopefuls, but those already in authority)

The reason:

That WE (believers in Christ) may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour.

The ultimate purpose:

(God our Saviour) would have all men to be SAVED and come to the knowledge of the TRUTH.

For there is one God (not many or any)

(One) Mediator between God and men - The man Christ Jesus

Who GAVE HIMSELF a ransom for ALL, to be testified in DUE TIME.

(Due time is approaching quickly.)

God does not promise the WORLD will lead quiet and peaceable lives in all godliness and honesty. He promises WE will, those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ because we are in Him and He is in US, AS THE SPIRIT of THE LIVING GOD.

It is one thing to dicuss political issues and even debate them. It is another to depend on politics to right the world's wrong and to put our hope and trust in it or them.

Unlike a lot of Christians I do not doubt Barack Obama has a saving faith in Jesus Christ. And like many Christians he has some views and beliefs that do not jive with the Word of God--and what else is new?

But he is the president of the United States of America and our "first of all" response should be prayer that as a Christian, God would bring to pass in his life and that of his family, all those on Capitol Hill and surely, all men:

Romans 12:1-3 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

We are promised quiet and peaceable lives in all godliness and honesty no matter what the turmoil in any part of the world. We are in the world but not of the world. We live, work and eat in this world. But it is not ours and we are not called to view the events of this world through a worldly lens. Are WE living quiet and peaceable lives in all godliness and honesty? This is not our world. We live and work in it like everyone else, but it is not ours.

Hebrews 11:5-6 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

Hebrews 11:9-10 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

John 17:8-21 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

9 I pray for them: *I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. 10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. 11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

*I pray not for the world - If we are to pray for ALL men what did Jesus mean when he prayed this? He is not joined to the world praying for the world and it's agenda. He is not praying for the world to be one. He is praying for ALL men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the Truth.

12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

At the end of the day, any day, it will always BOIL down to the Word of God and prayer. Are we living QUIET and peaceable lives in all godliness and honesty. We cannot avoid the people in the world. Paul said we would have to leave the world to avoid them but we are not to fellowship with a brother or sister who (lives) a sinful life---until they repent of their sin.

But, we are commanded to pray for all men and give THANKS before an ALMIGHTY and Soveriegn God who knows the end from the beginning. No doubt if we did this more, political opinions would subside among us and we would see the Truth of God's Word and have peace knowing, it does not matter who is in a position of leadership. It does not matter what mankind does, as long as God is on HIS Throne. Glory to God alone! May our joy remain in the Holy Ghost.

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; 12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.

Shalom...