Saturday, November 8, 2008
What God thinks of Obama...
Firstly, I'm not an American neither do I live in the USA and yet an irrefutable fact cannot be denied. Any major happenings in USA have its rippling effects across the globe. For instance, in my country India, there were discussions and debates in the media as to what the election of either John McCain or Barack Obama as the next President of USA could mean to us.
Secondly, I'm not much knowledgeable about politics and I don't like it anyway.
Along with the rest of the world, I was glued to CNN Live watching the result of the voting, every moment praying that God would somehow cause a miracle to happen for McCain. However, the inevitable happened. Barack Obama was declared the winner by more than 50% of the votes. I was very disappointed, but not at all because Obama is a black American. The color of the skin hardly bothers me. I myself have brown skin.
Beside the usual liberalism of the Democrats, the thing that was bothering me most was the Internet filled with stories that Obama was and still is a Muslim and that his confession of being a Christian was simply a lie. One website had pictures of bumper stickers one of which said, "Be insane, vote Hussein". I kept telling to myself that those who voted for Obama came under a great delusion. The hangover of my disappointment just wouldn't leave me the following days. It was until about four hours ago (and that's yesterday now as it's just past midnight here as I'm typing this)...
Last night, at around 8 pm (7th Nov '08), I entered a quiet room in my house to pray. After singing the song, "My Jesus, my Savior.... shout to the Lord", I began praying for some believers in the church. As I was doing that suddenly the image of Obama appeared before me. I simply tried to discard it away because every time I see him on TV, newspapers or even think about him, I simply couldn’t digest the fact that he was going to be the next President of USA. But this time however, I had no negative feelings about him anymore. I just felt a love in my heart for this man. I wondered why and how. Then the Holy Spirit began to reveal things about him to me.
The first thing He said was, "I've chosen him" and then quickly reminded me of the Scripture in Daniel 2:21, "he removes Kings and sets up kings" (ESV). Again, He brought a second verse to my mind and it was from Romans 9:21, "Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use?" (NASB). This time I felt the Lord saying, "I've chosen him not for honorable use but for common use". In essence, I felt that the Lord was saying that Obama wouldn’t be someone who’s kept for a display behind a window glass in a shelf, but rather like a vessel for everyday use, he would be a man whose hands are on the plough - willing to get them dirty. By now the Lord had my full attention. And as I continued to be in tune with what the Lord was showing me, I began to be led to pray for Obama over the following points: -
1.That Barack Obama would know not only the Jesus of Christian religion but that he would come to know Him in a personal way as his most dear and intimate Friend.
2.That he would have not only political advisors over him but that he would see as imperative the need to have a godly person over him for spiritual counseling and to help him in his faith in Christ Jesus.
3.That his wife and his children would similarly be strong in their faith in Christ and would grow closer to Him in all godliness.
As I finished praying these three points, I felt a sense of peace in me. And now I'm not at all worried that he's going to be sworn in as the next President of this great country. In fact, I'm sure I'll be praying for Barack Obama and his family regularly. After all, when Jesus taught us to love and pray even for our enemy how much more for someone who's not our enemy?