How We Honor Our President

Monday afternoon, I challenged Christians with the following words:

I hope you vote wisely and thoughtfully tomorrow, but please, don’t buy into the idolatrous lie that your future hangs in the balance. If you are a Christian, I would encourage you, regardless of the results of tomorrow’s election, to be gracious, kind, and humble. Show the world that your hope is not in this life or in the things of this world, but in the One who offered Himself on the cross as a ransom for sinners.

Naive right? Of course those whose candidate didn’t win would not be gracious, kind, and humble. Seeing some Christians unravel the minute the announcement was made that President Obama had won a second term illustrated the importance of the article I wrote Monday and how easily the human heart misappropriates important but not ultimate things like politics.

The voices that are most imbalanced and most bitter tend to be the voices people in our culture gravitate toward. Consequently, those voices which are humble, kind, and thoughtful often get ignored. One such voice is that of Russell Moore, who had this to say today in response to a vote which did not turn out the way he had hoped:

However we voted in the election, let’s pray for God to bless our President. We can pray for him to be granted wisdom and health. We can pray that God would prosper his good ideas, and change his mind on his bad ideas. Moreover, we can teach our children to respect our President, starting with referring to him as “President Obama” or “Our President,” not as “Obama” or “the guy our parents voted against” or what have you.

There’s a time to vote. There’s a time to campaign. And there’s a time to petition. But, through it all, let’s be the people who, even as we speak with conviction, are marked by kindness and respect. When we have to differ with President Obama, let’s do that, with backbone. But let’s make sure we do all this with honor, with respect, with prayer, and, most of all, with love.

Let’s render unto Caesar, as free people with natural rights. Because we know as believers that we will eternally say “Jesus is Lord,” we can as citizens temporally say, “Hail to the chief.”

About Drew Dixon

Drew is an editor at Christ and Pop Culture and editor-in-chief of Gamechurch.com. He is also a pastor, soccer coach, and writer. Drew also regularly writes for Think Christian, Bit Creature, and Paste Magazine. He has also written for Relevant Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @drewdixon82

  • http://www.theupsidedownworld.com Rebecca Trotter

    My facebook feed was more than a little alarming this morning, I’m sorry to say. Thank you for a good admonition.

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/pgepps pgepps

    The issues were abundantly clear, and the American people chose to be on the wrong side of them. To the extent there is such a collective essence as “the American people,” and its will is represented by electoral majorities, it has gravely sinned. Full stop. Pray that the President be granted repentance? Pray that he be converted in spite of his obvious commitments? Pray that he be used of God in spite of his policies, and those of his party, and those supported by an electoral majority of Americans? Sure. But do so without for a moment relieving the burden of responsibility from those who support his open contempt for the faithful, for the lives of the helpless, for the integrity of his nation, and for the institutions which outweigh it in the divine economy. “Bear ye one another’s burdens … for each must bear his own burden.”

  • Dee

    Great Writing, Shalom to you, thank you so much for this whole entire column, helped me to really get a positive perspective on this election for 2012, Jesus is soon to Return, I will surely pray and believe for the president, Now that he has given the right to impose partial abortion and everything that goes along with it, gay marriage, steeling money, claims to be a christian but is not and uses God name, and much more is like the bible says, ” As In The Days Of Noah So Shall The Coming Of Jesus Return, the days of Noah are sodom and gommorah, and this is what it has become, we have to make sure we do as God says and be obediant, we are in a time that sin is evident more than ever, Prayer for this country and the president also his wife and children, blessings and Shalom,


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