Barack Obama has won the 2012 Presidential election. I have noticed the response of some has been to fear what he will do to America.  To my brothers and sisters in Christ, there is no need to fear the unknown challenge of the future.

The following is one of the devotional entries in my book, “More Than Cake” and I share it today as a reminder to keep your heart and mind focused on our hope in Christ and the mission of our Gospel.

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 They have the earth in their hands, who have nothing of heaven in their hearts; they bear sway in the world who are slaves to the world; they govern and order others at their will who are led captive by Satan at his will. Be not offended and troubled to see the reins of government in their hands who know not how to govern themselves, or to see them rule the world who are unworthy to live in the world.

– Joseph Hall

We live in tumultuous times and many Christian leaders are making good profit by feeding on the fear of future instability.  Have you found yourself watching the news and giving in to despair of what you see? Have you listened to those voices that breed fear in your heart?

There is hope. Our lives, as followers of Jesus, are not tied to the success or failure of any one government or any one system of government.  No matter what happens… no matter what government rises or falls… God is in charge! The followers of YHWH will always thrive.  The following poem reflects the hope we must have that goes beyond the system of human government under which we live.

Governments rise and kingdoms fall
Institutions demand we sacrifice all
Still we bow to the Savior’s call…
We thrive as disciples of Jesus!

Dictators come and take our power
Freedom fades with every hour
The Spirit brings our faith to flower…
We thrive as disciples of Jesus!

Democracy asks that all men give
Laws tame our faith like the slaver’s gyve
In Christ’s full freedom still we live…
We thrive as disciples of Jesus!

Socialism rules in the guise of compassion
The common good leaves faces ashen
Our service to God we must not ration…
We thrive as disciples of Jesus!

Anarchy decrees through ascent to fear
Freedom rejoices at the Government’s bier
The church as family makes God’s rule clear…
We thrive as disciples of Jesus!

Governments rise and kingdoms fall
Institutions demand I sacrifice all
Still I bow to the Savior’s call…
I thrive as a disciple of Jesus!

This post is featured in my book, “More Than Cake” as one of the 52 team devotionals that take on issues of church, culture, and theology in a way that will engage your team in a full-orbed discussion of missional community. Get copies today for every member of your team!

Dr. J.R. Miller is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. Outside work, he is a church planter. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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