“I Barack Hussain Obama, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend, the constitution of the United States.” And then much to his credit he voluntarily added to this oath the phrase “so help me God.”
President Obama also requested to be sworn in using the same Bible that former President Abraham Lincoln used. His choice of Evangelical Pastor Rick Warren to give the inaugural invocation also revealed more about Mr. Obama.
The above actions taken together reveal that President Obama reinforced his Christianity to the nation and the world. As a Christian it can be inferred that Mr. Obama understands and will abide by the contents of the Bible on which he swore the presidential oath. That is all very good news for America.
By understanding the Bible President Obama knows how and why he was elected. Now must pundits will explain his win in the election by examining the voter demographics, i.e. the percent of Hispanics that voted for him, the percent of African Americans, the percent of young voters, etc. but Mr. Obama’s Bible reveals some interesting insights.
Nebuchadnezzar, the king of ancient Babylon had dreamed about this issue as recorded in the book of Daniel.
“I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at rest in my house, and flourishing in my palace. I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts on my bed and the visions of my head troubled me.” Daniel 4:4-5
This dream’s central message to Nebuchadnezzar was:
“…In order that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the lowest of men.” Daniel 4:17
President Obama’s Bible reveals that his God in His sovereignty established him as president of the United States. This scripture passage tells that God can and does choose ordinary men for extraordinary service.
President Obama’s Bible also gives him a heads up on pressing foreign policy issues. The Bible specifies that a major purpose for nations like America is to fulfill God’s purpose for Israel, the nation that God chose to reveal Himself to the rest of the world.
“I will make you (Israel) a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing; I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you…” Genesis 12:1-3
“For you (Israel) are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.” Deuteronomy 7:6
A wonderful example of using powerful nations like America to affect God’s plan for Israel is found in the book of Isaiah where God calls out the king of Persia to free Israel from Babylon and assist them in returning to their own land. An interesting aspect of this prophecy is that God called this king by name 140 years before he was born.
“Thus says the LORD to His anointed, to Cyrus, (King of Persia) whose right hand I have held – to subdue nations before him…that you may know that I, the LORD who call you by your name, am the God of Israel. For Jacob My servant’s sake, and Israel My elect, I have even called you by your name; I have named you. Though you have not known Me.” Isaiah 45:1-4
Alas, not all presidents and other world leaders have taken the Bible seriously. The consequence of not doing so is also clearly outlined.
“I will also gather all nations, and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into judgment with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; they have also divided up My land.” Joel 3:2
The last phrase in the above scripture passage clearly addresses the Palestinian question for President Obama’s benefit.
Now there may be those that may not be celebrating Mr. Obama’s presidency for various reasons. However, knowing that he is a Christian and will be relying on the Bible (on which he swore his presidential oath) should be reassuring to this great nation.
So President Obama, the ball is in your court. You have direct access to the God who appointed you to this position, you have His handbook for guidance, and based on the following scripture passage you should have widespread acceptance from the citizens of a Christian nation.
“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” Romans 13:1