January 16, 2021

Congratulations and Prayers for Our President-Elect, Barack Obama

HT to 22 Words. A wonderfully symbolic illustration.

I Timothy 2:1 I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. 5 For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. 6 He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time. …8 In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy.

I Peter 2:13 For the Lord’s sake, respect all human authority—whether the king as head of state, 14 or the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish those who do wrong and to honor those who do right. 15 It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you. 16 For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. 17 Respect everyone, and love your Christian brothers and sisters. Fear God, and respect the king.

Romans 13:1 Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. 2 So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. 3 For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. 4 The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. 5 So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience. 6 Pay your taxes, too, for these same reasons. For government workers need to be paid. They are serving God in what they do. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority.


  1. From all the way down here in Australia, I heartily second and endorse (wait, isn’t that a political word?) prayers for Obama, Biden and their respective families.

    And not only them. But also Senator McCain, Governor Palin, outgoing President Bush and all of their families. And lastly, for the United States of America. Am hoping and praying that this doesn’t lead to any further culture wars and that the the people of the USA can unify and help by working their hardest and smartest so that the USA get its mojo back sooner rather than later. (wait, that might be an unfortunate choice of words… :p).


  2. What policies do millions black people (I am one) supposedly disagree with Obama? School vouchers? Blacks would have voted for Hillary in the same proportion over McCain — although about 1 million fewer of us would have voted. Until the GOP purges the racist elements in their party that are still a significant minority of the GOP, blacks will remain 90+% democrats.

  3. Rick Shelton says

    In response to Ky boy:

    Some may conclude it is just a matter of skin color. But it could also be argued that leadership consists of more than just a particular position on particular issues. If one only needs to meet A-B paramaters on chosen issues then a robot could lead the country. I suggest you attempt to broaden your definition of what it takes to be an effective leader to include vision and inspiration.

  4. John,

    When I had gone to bed on election night, all the news casts said Prop 8 was defeated in a very close race. Apparently, by morning the vote tally said otherwise, and being depressed, I didn’t listen to any news broadcasts the next morning.

  5. Headless Unicorn Guy says

    Oh, Prop 8 passed. You can hear the screaming and foaming all over LiveJournal.

    And it’s passage has been credited to Barack Obama. His election for the top spot brought about HEAVY black turnout, and the black community is very straitlaced when it comes to homosexuality. So is the “Hispanic/Latino” community (which in California means mostly Mexican). And the Arab community. All these subcultures have “hypermasculine” expectations for their males, which produces a visceral reaction against anything which lessens perceived masculinity. (Ain’t Multicultural Diversity fun?)