Election day is coming soon and whether it's Obama or McCain in the white house, I'm not sure we'll really see much change. I am reminded, however, that no matter my opinion on whom ought to occupy the top leadership position in the nation, my job remains the same. My journal entry from this morning explains:
1 Sam 24:3-7 - At the place where the road passes some sheepfolds, Saul went into a cave to relieve himself. But as it happened, David and his men were hiding in that very cave! 4 "Now's your opportunity!" David's men whispered to him. "Today is the day the LORD was talking about when he said, 'I will certainly put Saul into your power, to do with as you wish.' " Then David crept forward and cut off a piece of Saul's robe. 5 But then David's conscience began bothering him because he had cut Saul's robe. 6 "The LORD knows I shouldn't have done it," he said to his men. "It is a serious thing to attack the LORD's anointed one, for the LORD himself has chosen him." 7 So David sharply rebuked his men and did not let them kill Saul.
It is a serious thing to attack the Lord's anointed one. Yet in our culture we feel like we're very free to attack the leaders God has set up in our land if we don't agree with some policy they have. No matter who our next president is, I'm not saying that he'll be carrying some anointing from the Holy Spirit, but I am saying that he'll be our leader, and it will be the job of every one of us to pray for him and speak positively of him as much as we possibly can because he'll be our leader appointed by God. Check out Romans 13:1 and 1 Peter 2:13-17 if you find this hard to swallow.