Posted by Jeffrey K Radt ("JRed") | Posted in Political Signs | Posted on Monday, October 20, 2008
With only 2 weeks left until the U.S. Presidential Election I thought now would be a good time to revisit this topic.
At this point, we know that despite what the mainstream media and any political polls are telling us this is going to be another close election. For proof, we need not look any further than the last two presidential elections in 2000 and 2004, which both came down to the results from a single state.
Plus, now there is growing evidence of election fraud perpetrated by ACORN - in 15 states! - that would make the public's claims of fraud in Florida (2000) and Ohio (2004) look like mere child's play.
Given this current political climate, there's been a lot of talk of how Christians should vote. The Christian electorate - often referred to as the Religious Right or Religious Conservatives - are typically treated as nothing more than a valuable voting bloc that can be whipped into a frezy on Election Day then cast aside on Inauguration Day.
In addition, many people I know will tell me that "you need to vote for McCain" in order to prevent an Obama administration. Ok, well, I don't like the thought of an Obama presidency any more than anyone else does (not only for religious as well as personal reasons, but also because I'm like "Joe the Plumber" since I'm a Small Business Owner myself, and Obama's plans for me and my free-market enterprise is disturbing!), but I do have a choice in all of this - to an extent.
OUR PART IN THE PROCESS
I'm reminded of Daniel 2:21, which is also found on my company's website that reads, "And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding."
Very soon, Americans will go to the polls and vote for the next President and Vice-President of the United States. Hundreds more officials in states and communities will also be elected. Yet, in light of verses like Daniel 2:21 — "[God] removes kings and raises up kings" — does it really matter if we vote or not? Doesn't He ultimately choose?
Yes — God ultimately chooses everything. And Yes — it matters that we vote. Everything that happens in God's sovereign economy has two parts - His part and our part. Whether it's salvation or a good marriage or a successful career or a presidential election, both God's grace and our activity is required.
From a practical perspective, the Bible is filled with exhortations that depend on our responsibility. The same verse that says God removes and raises up kings says that He gives "wisdom...and knowledge." And Proverbs 2:1-8 says that acquiring wisdom is like searching for buried treasure. There is work to be done in order to find it.
The sovereignty of God NEVER excuses us from responsibility. That is why this Election Day I will vote my conscience. I will vote my cherished beliefs and principles and leave things in God's perfectly capable hands.
WAIT, THERE'S MORE!
Proverbs 21:1 tells us, "The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will." Furthermore, Romans 13:1-2 says, "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation."
The Living Bible paraphrases Proverbs 21:1 as, "Just as water is turned into irrigation ditches, so the Lord directs the king's thoughts. He turns them wherever He wants to." This helps us to understand God's sovereignty and history as well.
If the thoughts of a king (i.e. President) — representing the highest and most influential person in the nation — are in God's hand, and He influences his decisions when it pleases Him, are not all governors of men completely under the Almighty's sovereign control? Clearly, the sovereign Lord of Creation is moving all history in the direction He desires it to go especially in these historic end times.
It is not hard to comprehend, then, how Paul formulated the concepts he expresses in Romans 13:1-2, "Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves."
This explains why Moses declares that the actions of Korah and his group were a rebellion against God Himself (Numbers 16:11). Nor is it hard to understand why Jesus says in Luke 10:16 that to reject an apostle, one sent by God bearing a message, is to reject Him, and to reject Him is to reject the Father who sent Him.
Government is the overriding issue in the Bible. Ultimately, a son or daughter of God need not be concerned if the government of his homeland is legal or illegal, or if it governs appropriately or inappropriately.
What matters is that the Christian recognizes God's sovereignty, confident that in His oversight God NEVER sleeps or looks the other way. He is fully aware of whatever happens.
Because of the purpose He is working out, this One who knows every sparrow that falls has either passed on what occurs or directly caused it. That is all that matters. With this understanding, we can truly live by faith, knowing God is ruling His creation. That is what we are here to learn and trust.
Please prayerfully consider that when you go to the polls to vote in a couple of weeks. And remember, no task is too great for our God! Forget labels and perfom your religious right, your duty, and leave the rest to God. He will give us EXACTLY the kind of leader we deserve and that He intends for a time such as this.
Trust in Him, not in political leaders and government to save you.