First of all, who is really in control?
The prophet Daniel received a vision one night that revealed a mystery (Daniel 2). He responded to this vision with words of praise that began with these statements: "Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. (Daniel 2:20-21)" Did you see that? Daniel states that God sets up kings and deposes them. God is the one in control. (There are other Scriptures which show this truth also.)
You might argue that this refers to kings and not presidents who were voted upon in a democracy. Yes, we have free will and we can vote, but even so, God accomplishes his purposes through it. Our choices are within his control. Let me give you a couple examples from the election. About a week before the election some unemployment figures were released; the number of people hired had increased about 171,000 or so, but the unemployment rate went up to 7.9%. Most news stations reported this as something positive. The Obama campaign rejoiced. But what would have happened if unemployment would have jumped over 8%, or if they would have heard the economist who determined it would take 10 years for the nation to recover at that pace? Or, what if there would have been no people hired? Don't you think that would have influenced the election?
Let's take another example, superstorm Sandy. Governor Christie publicly declared President Obama's response to be wonderful. What if the president's response would have been terrible? What if there would have been no storm? By the way, who has power to create storms or to quiet storms?
These factors, plus many others, probably affected some people's votes. God brought about these factors that enhanced the image of President Obama, and thus he was re-elected. Is that too radical to say? We may never fully know how free will fits into God's sovereignty individually or nationally, but we must remember God is in control. God is accomplishing his purposes and his plans. So, if you are on the "losing side," remember God is in control, and yes, we should still treat the president with respect because God left him in power for a purpose. If you are on the winning side, remember that God is ultimately in control, so don't get to haughty. God can remove him also.
(Beware also, God disciplines nations and individuals by giving them over to the desires of their heart; this can be quite painful.)
And this leads to my second question, to whom should our allegiance be?
The ruler of the kings of the earth. Just read this description of Jesus from Revelation 1:5-6, "and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and had made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father- to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen."
Jesus is above President Obama. He is superior to President Putin. He is greater than President Chavez. He reigns over all. He rules over the kings of the earth.
Our ultimate allegiance needs to be with Jesus. Look at that description. Jesus loves us and has freed us from our sins. What president has ever loved us as people. If you send a little money for the president's re-election, you might get a receipt, maybe even a thank you, but he will hardly love you. What president can take away your spiritual bondage or remove your negative spiritual habits or other addictions?
Those who find their ultimate allegiance with Jesus are also then considered part of his kingdom. So, no matter what nation to which one belongs, it is to him and his kingdom that we truly and deeply belong. We are his priests representing him and his kingdom in this world.
Whereas it is appropriate to have concerns about our nation and its direction, our ultimate allegiance and hope is to the kingdom of God. So, again, if you were on the losing side, do not despair, the ruler of the kings of earth is still in charge. And if you were on the winning side, walk with humility, for the ruler of the kings of the earth is still in charge.