President-elect Barack Obama will be sworn in today. My prayer for him is that he will be the best president that our country has had so far. I pray for his safety, I pray for his leadership and I pray that God will use him during his time here on earth.
When he is sworn in, he will be using the same Bible President Abraham Lincoln used to be sworn in with. Did you catch that, a BIBLE. Not the Koran or some other book. Does it mean anything? We’ll it does mean he sees some sort of importance in the bible, if nothing else than a historical tradition.
Obama professes to be a believer in Jesus Christ. We can only pray that it is so. The fact that some of his past decisions and statements seem to be anti-Christian or that they go against God in some fashion, is disheartening, but can we really judge his salvation based on these things alone?
Paul tells us in Philippians 2:12 to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (ESV), so we are bearing evidence of our salvation through our actions, words, and general behavior. (Please do not misinterpret Scripture and think that your salvation is based on your works alone.) Based on this criteria, where does Obama fit? Where do any of us fit? There have many times when my actions, words, and behavior have been contrary to God’s word. Am I not a believer?
I am fallen. So is Obama and so are you! But for the grace of God are you and I still here on this earth. And because we are here we have been given a role by God to fulfill. Let us pray for our president, that his actions, words, and behavior reflect his salvation and that he would lead this country in manner that is pleasing to God. While we’re at it we need to pray the same thing for ourselves!