Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Obama, Abortion, and God's Sovereignty

Pro 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
Our New President:

It is final, Barack Obama has been elected as our new President. The election has finally ended. I am grateful that it is over, but I have to admit I'm not the happiest I've ever been. I don't agree with many things that Barack Obama stands for, and it does concern me that he is the one who is going to be making many decisions that are not biblical, but I don't want to disrespect his authority as President. God has granted him with this job for a purpose - whether he uses Obama to save the country or completely destroy it, only God can know what our future holds and that is who I put my hope in.

This leads me back to the topic of biblical submission. We are called to submit to our authorities (Titus 3) and Christians, please do not mock, scoff, disrespect, slander, or dishonor our new President. We may not all agree with him, but being that God placed him in our authority it is our duty to obey the Lord's command by submitting to our authorities, no matter who they may be. Showing disrespect towards Obama is not Christ-like and that is a Christian's ultimate goal - to become more like Christ by honoring God. Jesus Christ absolutely would not poke fun at Obama - he would rebuke him if he sinned for the sake of convicting him. He would proclaim the truth to Obama, but he would not slander him. What you do and say should reflect that which is good, perfect, and holy. No matter how much you may dislike this man, you have no right to disrespect him. If you are truly saved it means you have been transformed by the renewal of your mind, you are a new person in Christ because you have died to your sin - you are no longer held captive by it. Gal 2:20 says, "I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." How beautiful are those words - we absolutely must live them. Always be kind and only speak truth.

Initiative 11 in South Dakota:
1Ti 5:20 As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.

My heart is aching, I have been crying off and on all evening. Our state tried to oppose abortion to be used as birth control (with exceptions for incest, rape, the health and life of the mother) and people still voted against it. My mind goes directly to all of those unborn babies and the terror and pain that they go through the moment they are murdered. And for what? Is there really any good reason for it? Seriously? I can't even for one second understand why a person would be opposed to Initiative 11. I just can't wrap my mind around it. What goes on in the minds of people who would vote for such a thing? Who in their right mind can be so selfish, so cruel and heartless? It makes me sick to my stomach, my head aches, my heart is broken, I am completely dismayed. What do they do with aborted babies? Throw them in the trash? Can you even imagine how incredibly enormous a grave yard would have to be if you buried each and every baby that has been aborted? Yes, murder is a sin just like lying, stealing, coveting, dishonoring your parents, adultery, etc. The Bible makes it very clear that there must be a payment for sin and if you cannot pay for it (the wages of sin is death) there will be punishment unless you repent and put your trust in Jesus Christ (who paid for your sins, so that you would not have to be punished).

Rom 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

I know God has a plan and purpose for everything, and because I believe what he says is true, all things work together for good and ultimately this will all be for his glory, but unfortunately I am human and I do not understand why he allows things like this to carry on for so long. I feel this same way when I think about my Mom - I don't understand why she had to die so young, why she was "taken" from me when I was just 20, but God is sovereign and he is in control. In the grand scheme of things, my "need" for my Mom is not what is important - God's plan is, because the result of his plan is unimaginable and worth every heartache there is.

He had his reasons for her passing away, and I've been blessed to see that much good has come as a result of my Mom's death (the major one being my sister was saved), and I believe that as a result of these deaths through the horrific act known as abortion, ultimately God will be glorified and much good will come from it.

7 comments:

  1. Oh, may God grant us the strength and grace to cling ever closer to Him, to trust Him in everything, and to bring honor to his name!Thank you for this post.

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  2. The little old mom who lived in a shoeNovember 5, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    What a wise and heartfelt post. My kiddos got the "We might not agree with everything he stands for, but he's going to be our President soon and we need to respect him" speech. Thanks for your encouragement regarding the Submission Bible Study.

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  3. thank you for the "words fitly spoken". they are truly apples of silver in pitchers of gold.

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  4. Sweet sister, you said,"Christians, please do not mock, scoff, disrespect, slander, or dishonor our new President. We may not all agree with him, but being that God placed him in our authority it is our duty to obey the Lord's command by submitting to our authorities, no matter who they may be."My heart is completely in agreement with you. Actually, after something my amazingly godly husband said right after the announcement, God inspired me to write about it on my WFW post today.Love you sweet sister,Sunny

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  5. Shaina,I love you! Your heart is the heart of God and He will give you all the wisdom you need...and understanding, too. You're heart is aching because His is aching. Mine too! I wept for a long time last night over this same issue!! The only thing I can understand that God's love and mercy are obviously much greater than mine. Praise Him that He has been so patient with me because I would not be.God bless you.

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  6. I am consistently amazed by your clear-headedness in these posts. I love how you get right to the core of the issue.On top of all that, you're MY wife! WooHoo! I love you.

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  7. I totally agree with what you have said. I feel the same way. I have enjoyed your post very muchMichelle

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