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“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 our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-4

How to be thankful about the election results? Here’s my shot at it.

I’m grateful to live in a country where a black man can be elected president only 40 years after Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis.

I’m grateful to live in a country where disputes are settled at the voting booth rather than at gunpoint.

I’m grateful that the leader of the party that lost the election was gracious in defeat – and will continue to work in government.

I’m grateful for government instead of anarchy.

I’m grateful the new president does not have carte-blanche power to do whatever he desires, but must work with the legislative branch and the judicial branch.

I’m grateful to know a sovereign God who can overturn any decision, change any heart and cause any action to work for his glory and the good of his people.

I’m grateful to hear conservative Christians commit themselves to pray for the new president and other leaders.

I’m grateful that the president works for the people, rather than vice-versa.

I’m grateful the gospel often works best under less-than-ideal governments.

I’m grateful to be free to declare God’s Word concerning the great moral issues of our time – abortion, homosexuality, definition of marriage, euthanasia, poverty, injustice, genocide, etc.

I’m grateful to be part of a movement that does not shrink from calling leaders to repentance and humility.

I’m grateful that we do not have a president-for-life. Bad leaders can be voted out of office. Good leaders can be re-elected. Some good senators were re-elected. Unfortunately, some poor ones were also re-elected.

I’m grateful for God’s mercy to our country.

I’m grateful to be an American.

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2 Comments

  1. Thank-you! I will be re-reading this several times.

  2. Sam – You make good points. Two things, though:

    A black man was not just elected president. See Kenneth Lambs article and attached sources for a detailed explanation on his Obama’s ethnicity. Nothing historic in these regards happened in this election:

    http://kennethelamb.blogspot.com/2008/02/barak-obama-questions-about-ethnic.html

    Second – The design of our democracy does in theory call for a President to work for the people – you are correct. However, The Senate and the House just proved that they are unable and unwilling to follow those that they represent through their votes on the economic bailout plan that they passed early in October. Response was overwhelmingly against this package, yet our representatives and senators did not listen. Who can say that the Presidency will not follow this path that Congress has taken, and not take the public opinion into consideration when making decisions. On the other hand, they do work for us in a sense that they can be voted out after their term, or impeached during their term, so in this you are correct.


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