Wednesday, November 5, 2008

President-Elect Obama

"First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." 1 Timothy 2:1-3

"Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore he who resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God, and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you, for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath upon the one who practices evil. Wherefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience' sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants, of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor." Romans 13:1-7

The election is over and our new President has been chosen. He's not the gentleman I wanted because of deep fundamental differences that are of concern to me. But there was a huge voter turnout, 83.6% in our county alone, and I respect the results, the position, and the man. President-Elect Obama has earned my support, both by the majority vote and also by his own very inspiring acceptance speech. He has a calm demeanor that I think will be reassuring in these hard times. John McCain's concession speech was also extraordinarily gracious, giving me hope that he will continue to do the good work he has traditionally done in the Senate. Both he and President-Elect Obama set a tone of civility and respect for others that will be very refreshing if it catches on in Washington.

President-Elect Obama has a great deal to contend with and will need our sincere prayers for his safety, guidance and wisdom, as well as our patience as he learns how to lead such a diverse yet united country. For the next four years, as far as I can without disobeying God, President-Elect Obama has my support.


Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Amen to this, Tracie. And thank you for posting it.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Oh, and I really look forward to your doing the hymn meme.

Cherdecor said...

This is good stuff, Tracie! Thanks for posting.

Connie said...

Amen, I agree 100%

Sparky ♥ ∞ said...

There will be prayers for all our leaders: I respect the office but not the man. ♥ ∞

jenniferw said...

Thank you sparky. I have always prayed for our government and I will continue to do so, but I cannot support this president any more than the Democrats have supported or even mildly tolerated our courageous President Bush, whom they have subjected to unbelievable ridicule, vilification, and disrespect.

With all due respect to you Tracie, because I know you are sincere, allow me to say that I am going to keep on standing over here with the little unborn babies (50 million dead and Mr. Obama will do nothing whatsoever to curtail it, on the contrary wants all restraints removed, up to and including allowing abortion survivors to die alone with no medical attention).

Until the clods of dirt hit my long narrow box I will also stand for traditional marriage continuing to be defined as existing between one man and one woman (something else Mr. Obama is against), and for things as fundamentally American as our national anthem, which Mr. Obama is on record as having said should be changed to "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing" because our beloved anthem is in his opinion "bellicose" and a "symbol of oppression."

God bless the United States of America.

Lavinia said...

A gracious post. I watched both the speeches (McCain's and Obama's) and I agree with what you say. McCain's was very gracious. Obama's was very inspiring.

I hope for your country's sake you can all come together, united for the cause of America!

Rosezilla said...

Yes, Jennifer, people have been abominable to President Bush, and the way they've treated him is wrong, wrong, wrong. But I do not want to emulate their behavior. Please understand, I was going to put these verses no matter which man won. Are they only true if my selection prevails? Be assured, I stand in defense of the defenseless and innocent without compromise. And our state, including me, voted in the Defense of Marriage amendment, which I support wholeheartedly. I'm not compromising, only obeying. Remember, "He desires obedience more than sacrifice."

jenniferw said...

Tracie, it was not my intention to accuse you of being a compromiser, and I apologize if it seemed that way. You are my sister in Christ and I love you, and I appreciate and receive a blessing from the stand you take.

But we're all put together differently, by the same Creator.

To me, John McCain would have been a huge compromise ... one that would have given me some relief, but unfortunately not enough.

What is needed in the White House is a true conservative.

Yes, we are in a mess ... but the it wasn't right-wing God-fearing folks who got us there. Who got us there were those who would not only embrace progressive secular humanism, but force the rest of us to do so as well.

Hence the "need" to vote on whether marriage should be redefined.

So as I said ... I will respect the office of President of the United States as I have always done, and I dearly love my country and will until I breathe my last, but I cannot and will never respect this man. It goes against all I believe in and much that Americans have historically held dear.

As for the Bible, it is the Word of God and as such it speaks for itself. It does not need my imprimatur. I believe it from the table of contents to the maps. Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

God bless the United States of America.

Rosezilla said...

I'll tell you who I would have really liked - Alan Keyes! Now there's a conservative for ya!

Technonana said...

Wow,Girlfriends... this is some debate goin' on over here!! and I, being a conservative, agree with much of what is said on both sides... But as a Christian, I choose to put it ALL in God's hands!! I KNOW HE WILL SORT IS ALL OUT!! Because no matter who is in the White House... He is still on His Throne!!! and I shall be on My knees... petitioning Him to bring His will to pass!!

Technonana said...

Glad you came to visit!! I shall be back to visit again!!! I have much family and friends in Florida!! Papa and I just got back from a visit and family reunion in Oct.

Lady Farmer said...

Thanks for visiting my little blog, Tracie. I appreciate your comment.
I agree with technonana - God is still on His Throne and we need to be on our knees that His will is done - not ours!
Off my soapbox now and going to take a peek around your blog.

Sassy Granny ... said...

Hello, and thank you for dropping by my e-home and leaving a lovely comment!

I decided to repay the visit, and I'm so-o-o-o glad I did! I love your site and your way with words. Pretty sassy!

I'll be back.

Be blessed,

Country Girl said...

Such a well-written post.

I read what you wrote on a comment to me today and, well, I was touched.

You know what it's like. And I respect that. Thank you.

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