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Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

—Daniel 6:10

With the election of Democrat Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, I’ve watched a number of friends, family members, and acquaintances—conservative Christians, every one—come unglued.  It would seem that this is the end of America As We Know It and the beginning of the Age of Antichrist.  “I keep telling myself that God is in control!” was said or blogged by more than several of them.

“What does this mean?” I ask along with Luther’s Small Catechism.  Yes, God is in control.  He is in control here, just as he was during the Bush administration, the Clinton administration, the Bush administration, and the Gorbachev administration.  His sun shines and His rain falls on the just and the unjust, and sometimes He even sends the Assyrian “against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.”

These days, Christians in America seem more politically minded than ever before. ...

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