Tuesday, January 20, 2009
President Barack Obama
Today, at 12:05 pm EST, Mr. Barack Obama took the oath of office and became President Barack Obama.
Now I know that many people are really happy to have him as our President; I also know that many are not very happy at all to have him as our President. Regardless of what you think of him, he is just that - OUR President. He's not the Democrat's President; he's not the black community's President; he's not the liberal's President - He is OUR President. He is the President of all Americans, black and white, Democrat and Republican, religious and atheist, northerner and southerner, west coast and east coast citizens.
He is OUR President - period.
Funny thing is, he's not really in charge. From a human perspective, he is not Congress - which means he simply cannot fulfill many of the promises he made on the campaign trail because he cannot make any laws. But more importantly from a spiritual perspective, Romans 13 makes it clear that God allows men and women to be in positions of authority and leadership.
Before he took the oath of office I saw a camera shot of him while he was sitting there, and I could see that he is beginning to feel the full weight of being the President of a country at war, with a struggling economy, and bordering on the south a nation that is on the verge of implosion. He is a man we need to constantly bathe in prayer.
So right after he took the oath and became our President, I went to my room, got on my knees, and prayed for Him. I prayed that God Almighty would govern our President's heart and mind as our President governs our great nation.
And as I took in the fact that he is our President, I remembered some words of wisdom from God in His book, the Bible:
"... the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone He wishes." - Daniel 4:25b
"In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps." - Proverbs 16:9
"The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; He directs it like a watercourse wherever He pleases." - Proverbs 21:1