Garland Of Grace – 11.04.18

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What on Earth is God Doing? Thoughts and Reflections for God’s People as they Approach Election Day

“In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple.” – Isaiah 6:1

I had a seminary professor that would frequently say, “God’s people should keep a Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other.”  His point was simply this; Christians must see current events through the lenses of Scripture. With this in mind, how should believers view the political elections of governmental leaders?  Here are a few thoughts and reflections to consider…

To begin with, we must remember that no matter the changing brushstrokes on the political landscape, God is on the throne. Consider our passage above. The prophet Isaiah received a heavenly vision of the Lord sitting on His throne. And we are specifically told that Isaiah experienced this magnificent vision during the year of King Uzziah’s death. King Uzziah had reigned as King of Judah for twenty-seven years. This meant that an entire generation of people had only experienced one political administration. Thus, King Uzziah’s long tenure had led to a sense of political familiarity and national stability. But with the death of their king, came the threat of uncertainty and instability. And so Isaiah’s message provided a message of assurance to the people of Judah; earthly kings and thrones will change, but the throne of God never changes.

Secondly, no matter the results of an election, we can find comfort in knowing God has established the outcome.  The apostle Paul wrote to the church at Rome and said, “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.” In John 19:11, Jesus said to Pilate, “You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above.” Scripture unequivocally attests to the fact that it is God who removes kings and establishes kings (Daniel 2:21). Presidents, prime ministers, senators, congressmen, governors, mayors, and even kings like Uzziah, are all placed into their position of authority by God and God alone.  He is the One who establishes all the governing authorities of the nations.  This is not to suggest that every world leader is of God or even makes godly decisions. Obviously that is not the case.  But God is sovereign and nothing happens without His permission.  The kings and queens of the world are simply pawns in the hand of God to accomplish His purposes. And whether they seek after God like King Hezekiah (2 Kings 22:2), or fail to seek after God like wicked King Jeroboam (2 Kings 13:11), God still uses them to accomplish His purposes (2 Kings 23:4-20; 2 Kings 14:26-27). It has been said that God will permit wicked leaders to rise to power for one of two reasons; to judge a nation or to accomplish a greater good.

Finally, no matter the outcome of an election, the sun will still rise the next day. Frequently during an election season, the political party on the losing end will act like the outcome is the end of the world. Yet no matter your political persuasion, you can be rest assured that the world is still on its axis and the stars did not fall from the sky. You can find comfort in knowing the sun will rise the next morning and life will go on.

I am certainly not suggesting that the people of God should not vote. To the contrary; it is vital and even necessary for Christians to exercise their right to vote and voice their opinion on the various issues at hand.  Just as God uses kings and governmental leaders to accomplish His purposes, He will do the same through the voice of His people.

I pray these insights are an encouragement to you during the next election season. Ponder these truths as you pray for God’s will to be accomplished through the election of governmental officials. And as you seek to understand current events within the political arena, keep your Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other.

 – Pastor Eric

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