WONDERFUL THINGS: Rejoicing — no matter who is elected president

President Obama

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at the election night party at McCormick Place, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Chicago. Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Published: Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 10:05 AM.

As I sit to write, it is Election Day, and the outcome of the presidential race is unknown. As you sit to read this, the election is over and, hopefully (if no chads are still hanging), Obama or Romney has been declared the winner.

Perhaps, the guy I voted for won or maybe he lost. But let me give you three reasons why, no matter who won, I am rejoicing this day (and you can, too). The reasons are found in the words of the Apostle Peter who wrote:

“Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” (1Peter 2:13-16)

So why rejoice? First, rejoice for even bad government is better than no government. Peter says that the government, whether emperors or governors or presidents, has been established by God to maintain order in this world. He says that governors are to praise those who do good and punish those who do evil. Government is established by God to restrain evil and encourage good citizenship. We live in a fallen world among fallen people, and God has given us government to restrain sin — even bad government still does this.

Consider for a moment a country like Somalia where there is in effect no government. Anarchy reigns; no person is safe; no property is safe; almost everyone lives in fear; lawlessness is the order of the day. Even if you think that our government is bad, be thankful for it — for it still helps restrain sin.

Rejoice! God is in control. The second reason to rejoice is that whoever is our president, though he may have been elected by man, he has ultimately been appointed by God. Romans 13:1 says, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.”

Whether Obama wins or Romney, ultimately, it is God who has placed him there. We recognize this as believers. God rules over all things and that includes whoever is chosen as our next president. So we honor whoever is elected and submit in things not contrary to God’s law.

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