post election thoughts

justin taylor and timmy brister make some excellent points today.

justin’s post is short and includes these reminders from scripture:

No matter who you voted for–or whether you voted at all–it’s important to remember that, as President, Barack Obama will have God-given authority to govern us, and that we should view him as a servant of God (Rom. 13:1, 4) to whom we should be subject (Rom. 13:1, 5; 1 Pet. 2:13-14).

We are to pray for Barack Obama (1 Tim. 2:1-2).
We are to thank God for Barack Obama (1 Tim. 2:1-2).
We are to respect Barack Obama (Rom. 13:7).
We are to honor Barack Obama (Rom. 13:7; 1 Pet. 2:17).

timmy’s post is longer and you should read the whole thing. It includes some points regarding re-purposing ourselves as the change we need.

….perhaps for the first time Christians will no longer seek to Christianize America but speak prophetically and live missionally in our growingly secular world. Our greatest need is not to fight the battle against the culture but to fight against the battle against unbelief. It is safe to live as functional atheists when we’ve got God in our constitution, on our coins, in the White House, but when the props are removed from us, how shall we then live?

We must learn to live as missionary citizens.

The context of American culture is drastically changing, no doubt. We do need culture warriors–indeed, all of us need to actively stand for the values and virtues derived from our biblical worldview. But I am convinced more than that, we need a Christianity with a gospel that is sufficient, a mission that is dominant, and a Savior who is triumphant.

are you ready to take on the challenge of missions in this culture at this time? Are you ready to redouble your efforts to share the good news of the Gospel with those around you? Are you ready to read your Bible, seek to know your God and love those around you with unconditional love.

Ready or not, will you ask God to give you the grace to do it anyway?

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