Which candidate won?
As I write this, President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are virtually tied in the polls. The overwhelming majority of Democrats will vote to re-elect the President while the Republicans will attempt to see the former governor of Massachusetts become our next leader. Half of the undecideds are leaning to the left. Half are leaning the right. By this point, you probably know the outcome. Two days before I vote, I already know the outcome.
God’s choice for President of the United States will be sworn in on January 20, 2013. Hopefully he will prove to be a leader who loves justice and mercy, walking humbly with God (Micah 6:8). My prayer will be that this man will make wise decisions, striving to glorify God in all of his actions and reactions.
Many, many years ago, Israel wanted to be like all the nations around them. They wanted a king. The request did not shock God. He had predicted it. In fact, He had Moses write down a list of duties for the kings of Israel hundreds of years before Saul was crowned. The command which I found particularly striking was that the king was to write out the books of Moses by hand (Dt. 17:18). To what end? For what purpose? So that he would both know God and know about God. Rather than being conformed to this world, the king was to be transformed by the renewing of his mind (Rom. 12:2). Here’s how Moses recorded the words spoken by God:
“When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the priests, who are Levites. It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the LORD his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees and not consider himself better than his brothers and turn from the law to the right or to the left.”
That’s the kind of leader we all need–a leader who reads God’s Word in order that he might worship and obey the Lord and remain humble among his “brothers.” Is that the kind of leader we have? Time will tell. My hope is that he will glorify God through worship, obedience and humilty. I should pray to that end. Join me! This President needs our prayers. He needs God if he is going to lead and live well. Let’s not be negligent in lifting his name to the King of kings!