First of all, giving honour to God and our Lord and Saviour, Barack Obama… (Jamie Foxx)
I still reel whenever I hear those words. “Blasphemy” is the word that jumps in my mind. If you, like me, were raised in a black church, you recognize these words from Testimony Service:
Giving honour to God Who is the Head of my life, and to my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ…
It is the unofficial standard introduction to tell the congregation what the Lord has done for you, what your faith in Him has brought you. Since the days of slavery, our people have put our trust in God to deliver us and bring us into not just a free place, but a prosperous place.
Later the witness of the Lord’s goodness might add,
He picked me up, turned me around! Placed my feet on solid ground.
You said it in your head or out loud with me didn’t you? You knew all the words before you could even finish reading the phrase. Well I don’t know about you, but I know this country needs to be picked up, turned around, and placed on solid ground. And guess what? Despite the ignorant masses who praise President Obama or even just laughed along as Jamie Foxx stated those abominable words at the 2012 BET Awards, one thing I know is sure: Barack Obama cannot take America’s feet out of the miry clay. And no, putting the “white back in the White House” would not have accomplished it either. We do not place our faith in man, we put our faith in God.
One Nation, Under GOD
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. (Psalm 20:7)
One man, for four or even eight years cannot completely turn a nation around. Just as we’ve seen some steer us in the right direction, so can they steer us in the wrong direction. Yet it is God who exalts a nation or allows it to crumble into disrepute. Even if you have the right allies, the right voters, the right military, the right system of government, the nation’s leadership and people will always go downhill if it doesn’t accept God as its Strongman and salvation.
When the Psalmist said, “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses,” he meant that some trust in technology (horses) and others trust in man-made power (chariots). But technology and power do not a righteous successful nation make.
Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many, and in horsemen because they are very strong, but who do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the Lord! (Isaiah 31:1)
Here we see the Bible even pronounces a warning and a curse on those who would trust in man and not God. Egypt represents bondage, the past. Isn’t it funny that our nation, once built upon and funded by literal slavery would revisit its horrific past by adopting a new, financial slavery? After all the borrower is slave to the lender. But Egypt won’t save us. China won’t save us. Being bad financial stewards and ignoring reality will not save us. Righteousness will.
Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people. (Proverbs 14:34)
As the Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 13:1-7 and 1 Peter 2:13-17, God created the institution of government for a reason. We are all governors of what God has given us in the spiritual sense, but someone on earth needs to govern people as a whole because we are all sinful at our core. Not to mention the fact that God is a God of government and order. Yet without righteousness–righteous voters, righteous leaders, and righteous policies–government becomes a demonic machine that abhors God instead of honours Him.
Most people would not admit to believing the POTUS of any name is their “Lord and Saviour.” Yet their lack of prayer to God for their government and governing authorities would suggest otherwise. Our God is omnipotent, all power is in His hand. If you trust God and not man, then show Him. Whatever you think about our president, our leaders, our government, or our nation, place you faith in God and trust Him to exalt our nation.