I Chronicles 29:11 "Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty:for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all."

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Deep Thought Thursday: Careful What You Wish For

"And said unto him, Behold, thou are old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations."

"And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them."

"Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay but we will have a king to reign over us."

"That we may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles."

These verses are taken from I Samuel 8:5, 7, 19, 20.

The people, Israel, were no longer satisfied with the way things were being run. They saw the example of Samuel's sons, (whom he appointed as judges without God's approval) that they followed not the ways of the Lord, and they decided they'd rather have a king.

Samuel goes to the Lord, and the Lord says to give them what they want. But warn them, this king will take your sons for war, your daughters for bakers, etc. He will take your lands and your fields and give them to his servants, he will take all the best that you have, and he will use them for himself. And later you will complain about what your king will do, and the Lord will not hear you.

But what did the people say? Forget all that, we don't mind. We want a king to be like the other nations. We don't care what he does as long as he rules over us and makes us like the other nations.

Now, I have to tell you that I was reminded of these scriptures because of the choice the people of America have made for President. Sometimes the judgment of God against a people doesn't come all fire and brimstone, death and destruction.

Sometimes it comes through giving them what they want.

And the will of the people in America want Barack Obama.

Even though he supports:

1. Partial birth abortion.
2. Children who survive abortions NOT to receive medical care.
3. Minors crossing state lines to get abortions.
4. Their parents NOT having to be informed.
5. Gay rights: not through marriage, but everything else.
6. Sex education for kindergartners.
7. Negotiations with leaders of terrorist nations.
8. Sanctioning Mugabe until Zimbabwe transitions to democracy.
9. Giving illegal immigrants drivers licenses.
10. Illegal aliens being included with social security.

He was also voted the most liberal in the senate, with 99 votes.

For a nation that was founded on the principles and ideals found in the Bible, the will of the people has changed dramatically. And although the people know that he stands for these issues, (or they should if they've done their homework) they believe he will bring America to the right place; he will lead us into a future of prosperity and success for every American.

I must disagree with the people of America. No matter how much the people want Obama's policies, no matter how much we "need to work together", we must first and foremost please the God of Heaven. When we are doing the will of God, then we will be blessed as a nation. God and His Word, not a policy formed in a human government, will decide how and when a nation is blessed.

And when our will supports a leader who is against core Bible issues, who believes that
"...backing the Jews' biblical, historical and legal claim to all of the land in question" can't be the measure of our friendship with Israel, the will of the people is not in line with God's will. God promised to bless those that bless Israel (through a promise given to Abraham) and curse those that curse Israel. Dividing up the land promised by Almighty God is not blessing them.

The idea of minors receiving abortions across state lines, and NOT having to inform their parents, does not fit within the Bible ideal of how a family operates. God wants the father to be the head of the home, and the mother to work with him to raise their family. When policies are in place that allow children to make life-altering decisions without their parents' involvement, it leads to the moral decay of America. It undermines the authority of the parents in the lives of their children, and gives the children a sense of power over and freedom from their parents that they shouldn't have.

That being said, I believe we need to get behind this President and pray. Pray for God to lead him, to influence his decision-making, to help him live according to Bible principles, and live pleasing to God. And we, as Christians, need to behave in a way that is pleasing to God as well.

We must trust the sovereignty of God, and place our government in His hands. Just as we need to do every time there is an election.

You may disagree with me, and say that Obama is an excellent candidate as well as a committed Christian. And you can leave a comment here and state your opinion. But keep it kind and clean. I don't mind debate, but I don't want to wage a war here. LOL.

So, any thoughts?

4 Comments:

  • Brenda

    I was also reminded of that same story this week.

  • WendyMom

    It is amazing to me that people can be so mislead. I pointed out many of those facts to my mother (a Methodist minister, I might add)- and she shrugged it off as the "conservatives nitpicking and trying to sully his reputation." It sickens and frightens me to think of the heinous things that will become normal in our country as a result of this.

    However, I am reminded as always, that this is the permissive will of God for our country. He allows leaders to come into power, for His purposes to be established. Think about the 50 million babies killed in America since abortion became legal in the 70's, and you can understand His removing of His protective hand over our nation. And that's just the loss of morals in that one area- not to mention the worship of money (funny what's been happening in the financial markets lately), rampant divorce, homosexuality- the list is endless.

    It totally agree with you that we need to diligently pray- just this morning I was reading in I Timothy 2: 1-4:

    "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, suplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks , be made for all men. For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is the good and acceptable will of God our Saviour; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth."

    If that's not totally what our country, leaders and President-elect need, I don't know what is!

  • just a girl named jenn

    I'm so encouraged right now! I read Sabrina's latest post right before yours and the three of us are definitely on the same page. Thanks for taking the time to write so intelligently and with such grace. Your insight is refreshing and true...I just hope and pray that Christians who are struggling and angry right now will allow God to reveal these same truths to them! Thanks for another excellent post!

  • Victoria

    I just commented on Jenn's before coming over here. It's uncanny how so many Christians I know (myself included) have voiced many of the same thoughts. Couldn't be the Lord, could it?:)

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