Prayer and Support for President-Elect, Senator Obama

 

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Tonight I am proud of America. My country stands tall and valiant, the land of the free, the home of the brave, extending opportunity as does no other land in the world. She has done what a few years ago would have been considered impossible. Barack Obama, a bi-racial man, who refers to himself as black, has been declared President of the United States. I congratulate him on his fortitude, his intelligence, and on his successful campaign. I am sorry his grandmother did not live to see this moment.

Tonight I am proud of America. In his concession speech Senator John McCain spoke with eloquence and with grace, charging us as fellow Americans to support Senator Obama, to come together, and to find ways to bridge our differences.

Tonight I am proud of America, and, although he was not my choice, I will pray for my President-elect that God will direct him and will continue to bless this greatest country in the world.

I am made aware of timely words in the book of 1 Timothy, chapter 2, verses 1-3:

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;”

33 thoughts on “Prayer and Support for President-Elect, Senator Obama

  1. When God set up kings and took them down was when Israel was under a theocracy under God, but Israel demanded a king. That was not God’s will it was the will of the people. We are not Israel we are Gentiles under a democracy. God does not put up presidents, the people does in elections .If God puts them up then why do we have elections???
    Bro. Webb

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  2. I too agree with what Adam (AP?) and Sis. Buxton have written. I also, though, reflect upon the comment of the concerned Canadian above in reference to the scripture (I’m guessing) “But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another” (Psalm 75:7). Has the one whom “God setteth up” always proven in the end to be what the Lord would have liked (i.e. King Saul)? I think the Lord sets up one and puts down another to teach us lessons, not necessarily always to confirm who’s been set up. I think Obama has some “proving” to do. He ran a long, consistent (but expensive) campaign. Michelle (his “rock”) evidently held a lot of things together. We’ll stand back now, pray, and see what transpires for the nation (hopefully good). We’ll definitely have to offer supplications, prayers, & intercessions for Obama & family (& new cabinet) in this new undertaking.

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  3. A concerned Canadian

    I have one question that I hope can be cleared up for me. When trying to defend GWB when attacked about his human rights violations both in the US and internationally, right wing christians, which I am a part of, boldly proclaimed “God sets kings up, and takes kings down so it must be the will of God.” Why now that the candidate you opposed has emerged as the winner, we (pentecostals) disregard this statement and claim how America must repent, we have forsaken God and so forth?

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  4. JUST ABOUT PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA
    By: David W. Johnson, Jr.

    This Presidential Race and Senator Obama’s victory on November Fourth
    Think this is only about the first African American President, you are wrong
    It is about Americans coming together positively with their lives henceforth
    African American Brothers, the message is this, BE MEN and BE STRONG

    Show the World we can stop killing and start building great roads to success
    Help our great young people in colleges to do extremely positive things in life
    If children are to succeed, REAL ADULTS must help them through this mess
    Brothers, we must become MEN helping SISTERS with all the toil and strife

    Stop spending hours on end, just watching sports and playing lottery machines
    It is pass time we spend more hours helping our children with their homework
    Many mothers and fathers today are not MEN and WOMEN but mere teens
    It is not the teens fault but the fault of their parents who have gone berserk

    Come on, stop falling for all the games being played on us on a daily bases
    Adults must take better care of children and stop leaving them to drug dealers
    Our children’s names need to be inside schools and colleges, not court cases
    Instead of all these destroyers, our young people need thousands of builders

    Young people are not reaching out to adults these days for very good reasons
    Instead of inter-acting with our youth, adults are walking around like zombies
    If youth are going to survive adults must start helping them without hesitation
    If adults paid more attention to our youth, they could see they have admiralties

    Reading this message, if you care about our children, start doing something
    We show our young people some real love and support they will surely change
    If we continue to ignore them, nothing but death and incarceration will it bring
    If we do not help children, our enemies will not need to go to the gun range

    You are tired of my messages, good, because I am tired of the young deaths
    There is a need for “REAL CHANGE”, let us help Obama stop the drama
    Children need to be once again enjoy life while taking calm and happy breaths
    Americans must realize, this victory is not “Just About President–Elect Obama”

    Let’s Become More This… …Less This… …Or This…

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  5. Very true James, very true. I have read excerpts from “Dreams of my Father” but have not read the book in it’s entirety.

    Sad to say, I can’t remember when our “lame duck” media ever did much bashing of a liberal, democrat president. Those who are weak tend to love to hate someone who has the guts to stand for something. Especially if that something is moral, is about protecting true freedom, and is God related.

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  6. KINDERGARTNERS GIVEN
    HOMOSEXUAL ‘PLEDGE CARDS’
    Pete Chagnon – OneNewsNow – 11/6/2008 6:00:00 AM
    Edited by Dr. Robert Francis Webb
    A pro-family advocate is outraged that a California public school teacher would pass out homosexual pledge cards to her kindergarten students.
    The pledge cards were produced by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, or GLSEN, and featured oaths that students would not use “anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender language or slurs,” that students would intervene on behalf of homosexual students when possible, and that they would actively support safer schools efforts.

    Tara Miller is a kindergarten teacher at Faith Ringgold School of Arts and Science in Hayward, California. She passed out the pledge cards to her students, which she then asked them to sign. Peter LaBarbera, the president of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, is outraged at Miller’s actions.

    “First of all, why is homosexuality as an issue being raised at all in kindergarten? These are students who don’t even know what sex is yet, and this teacher is talking to them about homosexuality,” he contends. “This is an abuse of these students’ minds, and it’s just wrong.”

    According to a report on FoxNews.com, one parent was angry when she found her child’s signature on the pledge card. LaBarbera believes this instance highlights the real agenda of the homosexual movement.

    “This is just bizarre, and it shows how the teachers with their radical sexual agenda want to start early to reprogram these kids’ minds. They want to undermine the faith teachings that the kids have at home; this is part of a plan,” he suggests. “To me, this is like Hitler with Nazi Germany and the Soviets wanting to get to the youth and change the kids by getting to them at a very young age.” (Or like the Catholic Church teaching very young children Catholicism) emphasis mine

    In the same report on FoxNews.com, a spokesperson for the school agreed that the pledge was inappropriate for the kindergarten students and said that the pledges were meant for middle school and high school students.

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  7. “President-Elect Obama best deliver and deliver fast or he will be the next “lame duck” President on the news media’s hit list.”

    Not likely. They are already, as you said, making excuses as to why this make take a long time, and possibly need two terms. The media is making his case for re-election in 2012 already!

    The record numbers that voted, hopefully, become record numbers that start paying attention. Again… has anyone read “Dreams of my Father”?

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  8. Adam, Sis. Buxton, and James,

    I agree, I agree and I agree. If you noticed, the only thing that I’m proud of our nation for, is the chance that anybody can have the opportunity to become something or somebody. As for all of the rest, what a shame to this country that people would vote out of panic rather than doing their research. That is how other nations have fallen.

    The new President-Elect has everyone thinking he is going to serve up a perfect economy, and money and healthcare for all on a golden platter. Not going to happen! Already the news media is backing up on all of their eloquent reports of how he is going to “save” us. Now they are “warning” us of all of the challenges he is going to face in keeping his flamboyant promises. While, out of the other side of their mouth they are bashing our current “lame duck” President. (as stated by Yahoo News!) What a shame to our media.

    President-Elect Obama best deliver and deliver fast or he will be the next “lame duck” President on the news media’s hit list. What a shame to our nation that our media so thoughtlessly disrespects the powers that be. And we wonder why our citizens tend to be so disrespectful to authority. I’m not proud of this country on all fronts, but I will continue to pray for her and will attempt to treat the new authority with respect.

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  9. James Wilder

    Adam, well said. We are all doing what is expected. I certainly am not “proud” of our nation. That’s for those who are more giddy about an historical feat, and a self-righteous goose bump, rather than making the right decision. Yes, we will pray.

    My new book reading challenge this month: has anyone read “Dreams of my Father” by Obama, before he knew he’d be running for President? Curious…

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  10. Adam, you are not a stick in the mud and I understand exactly what you’re saying. Throughout the day, I have thought often of what I wrote last night, of the situation in which we find ourselves, and I have come to the conclusion that it is possible I did not write clearly; certainly I did not write enough.

    When I said last night I was proud of America, I was referring mainly to the fact that we–a country whose years of slavery is a blight on our history pages–had elected a black man to be president of the US, thus proving in some regard our lack of racism. I am proud of that.

    When I said last night I was proud of America, I referred, as well, to Senator McCain’s very gracious concession speech. He, a military hero, spoke kindly and generously as he acknowledged the new President elect. I am proud of that.

    Having said those things, though, I tell you frankly that I agree with you and your well-stated observations. I am sickened, and disturbed.

    We must remember, though, Adam, that nearly half the people of America voted against Senator Obama. Nearly half the people voted against a president who lies, is socialistic, and who defends infantacide. More than half the people in California and also in Arizona refused to define marriage as being other than between one man and one woman. I am proud of America in that regard.

    In addition, I believe there are many among the half of Americans who voted for Senator Obama who really didn’t know what they were doing. Too many of us are uninformed, don’t listen carefully and have failed to study the issues that affect us.

    I’m afraid our economy is so wrecked that people are sincerely afraid. Some voted for Obama because they heard so loudly from the leftist media that he would give them money in their pockets, health insurance for their sick babies, and a college education for themselves. He will end the war….and on and on. Of course all that is not likely to happen, but many people swallowed the lie.

    As you, I am sick of liberal judges and others who seem bent on rewriting our constitution. I am fearful that we are on an ever-escalating downward turn in which Christians and their views are despised and thwarted. That is the real problem.

    America is still my country, the greatest in the world, but I tremble as I consider her future. We must pray, continue to speak out even if it becomes dangerous, and most of all to keep our eyes on Jesus Christ the righteous.

    I love you and respect your intellect and your views.

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  11. AP

    I am sorry to be a stick in the mud, but I am not proud of our nation. The nation that I would give my very life blood for, before last night , I fear no longer exist. The nation that I have always loved has never been in the state we are now, for whether Democrat or Republican, we have never stooped to the depths that we did last night. To vote in a man who stands for what this man stands for and does not stand for sickens me to no end. Redistribution of wealth=socialism, not the America I know. Partial birth abortion=legalized murder,not the america I know. A man that can lie time after time, and not be called on it, and be voted in as our commander and chief. Not the America I know. Obviously I could go on and on. Lawsuites are already filed against what the people voted in 24 hours before so some liberal judge in San Francisco can overide the will of the people, also sickens me. I am sorry, but proud I am not. Very deeply saddened would be my state of mind. Pray for him, absolutely, support him, absolutely.

    Romans 13:1
    Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

    AP

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  13. Esther: I for one won’t throw rotten tomatoes at your. My husband has actually suggested the same thing as you. North American people are among the most blessed/spoiled/materialistic people in the world and maybe now God will use this to get our attention and have revival. Whether it was God’s perfect will or not will only be known in heaven, but I don’t think you’re crazy.

    We can at least share the tomatoes.

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  14. James,

    I agree. Even from the world of Academia, the word on the street is that the mainstream media of America extremely overplayed their hand in this election. It will take much for the honest people of our nation to view future news reports from our liberal, biased media with any semblance of respect or bona fide trust.

    What piece by the Washington Post do you refer to?

    AE

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  15. Now that the election is over, let us herewith be thankful. I commend Barack Obama for his untiring labor. He has worked hard to become our President. We who voted for McCaim must realize that whether or not it was our choice we will be under Obama. One good thing this election year has accomplished…it has taken us out of the bushes.
    Brother Webb

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  16. Obama won and America won (record numbers of people getting involved in the Democratic process)… but the mainstream media lost big-time. Last night marked the end of one of the most dishonest, relentlessly one-sided campaigns of bias and distortion by the mainstream media in American history. Even at some of their own admittance (reference the piece done by the Washington Post). Also, maybe now the vicious, over-done attacks on GWB will lighten up. Being President isn’t fun and I pray for any man that steps into that role.

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  17. Esther, I’m not sure about it being “God’s will” as much as him allowing it, just as Israel pleaded for a King, and he gave them one, it was always his will to govern differently. Either way, we need the blessing of God on our nation, and we get that by having a righteous remnant that will get on their knees and pray, as we’ve been doing.

    Prop 8 was the California proposition that was restoring Prop 22, a ban on same-sex marriage, which was later overturned by the California Surpreme Court. Prop 8 took the next step and the definition of marriage, as between a man and woman, will be written into the state constitution. (In CA, same-sex couples still have domestic benefits, etc)

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  18. Esther

    James, we who don’t live in CA do not know what your “8” was. Can you enlighten?
    I propose (knowing some will have ill feelings for me for saying this) that God’s will was done by Obama winning. Reason: He may be tired of us all living the easy life and wants us on our knees again. And, I believe that most of us WILL be on our knees more. Now: don’t throw tomatoes at me. But, if you do, I’ll just make soup.

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  19. The American Dream was realized last night for one man, Barack Obama. Congrats to him for that. I hope he leads with wisdom. My comfort is knowing that Jesus is our King and ruler. And what a relief it is to know that!

    I attended a Yes on 8 party last night (I’ll post pics and updates on the blog later today or tomorrow) and was impressed by the people. When they called it for Yes on 8 families were weeping, cheering and clapping. Strangely, Prop 8 was far more important to me as a Californian than even the Presidential contest.

    I pray this causes the Republican party to re-group and consider their message, their voice and their identity. The next Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan is getting themselves ready for their next historic moment.

    May God Bless America.

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  20. What a great nation we live in! A chance for everyone, that is something to be proud of. As for the rest, time will tell. I will surely be praying for the future of the nation that I love.

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  21. Shirley, Amen! I’m also so very glad that Obama won by a healthy margin and that we had none of the shenanigans of 2004… a good, clean win. I thank God for that, for it was an answer to prayer. With the divisiveness of the campaigns we didn’t need further division or doubt.

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  22. arm5

    Its exciting to see the first black president. But it really disappointed me not to see McCain get it. I just pray that America voted for the right man.

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  23. dean

    I also am proud to be an American!! I am saddened by the outcome of the election. But along with Sen. McCain, I wish unification for America. The words and promises spoken may be forgotten soon, but the actions by President Elect Obama will last till eternity. God Bless America!!

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  24. Nita

    As the results came in last night, I had such mixed emotions. Disappointment that my choice did not win, but on the other hand such pride that American is a land that with perseverance anyone may obtain their goal. I too will pray for our new President-elect and for his family. God bless America!

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  25. Esther

    Great post Sis. Buxton. I have a different view as to Obama winning. But, I will not post it. God bless America. I hope we still have “In God we trust” on our money and “God” in our pledge, at the end of 4 years. And, I will certainly be praying for our new president.

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  26. renaissanceguy

    Shirley, I feel as you do. I am proud. I am happy. I don’t like the election results, but I am proud of my country and happy that our election process works.

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  27. Great post, Shirley. While I did support Obama and am glad he won, this is no time to gloat. It is a time for us to come together as Americans. Obama won, and he will be the 44th POTUS, our first Black President. We have made history, and now we must work together to make American a better nation. It’s a time to speak in unison, “Yes, we can.”

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  28. Greg the Explorer

    I raced home to see the result – I am certain that America will turn a corner – a great and momentous decision has been handed down by the American people.

    I know that most on this blog were supporting and praying for John McCain and I am aware that this may not seem like the turning point in history that I see it as being – I pray that you will all, as Shirley has vowed to do, begin and not cease to pray for your newly elected president.

    Shirley your post is reflective of the the person i believe your blog demonstrates you to be, a person of grace, maturity and dignity.

    I am sorry for what I am about to say next

    OBAMA – WOOOOO HOOOOO

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