A few words that I hope will be encouraging to those of us that are very disappointed (to put it mildly) in the outcome of last night’s election.
Honestly, I’m stunned. I was very confident Romney would win, and that we would stave off the judgement of God a little longer. I was certain evil would not win the day! Boy was I wrong… The forces of evil did succeed, and God “raised up” a leader who is as polar opposite of truly Biblical thinking and worldview as any that I can imagine. I suppose Vladimir Putin would be a worse president, but only by a slim margin. The Scripture says that God raises up one and puts down another. I feel put down, to change the usage there just a little. :o(
Part of me wants to go all “conspiracy” and start preparing for the end of modern civilization. Like the absolute breakdown of our entire economy, society, morals, communication, technology, and power-grid. I feel like I might have to hunt for our main courses, grow the rest of our food, and take turns with the men in our family sleeping on the porch with shotgun in hand to ward off the looters and scavengers. Or that I will begin to live out the book “1984”. George Orwell had it right, just about 30 years too early. Government’s about to get really huge and pushy, folks. Nosy too.
What would really make me fight tooth and nail is if the Government tries to tell me that I am endangering my children by taking them to a regular religious meeting, or some other crazy excuse, and tries to take them from me. You have never seen a parent with a faster trigger finger or more perfect aim, if things come to that extremity! So that part of me wants to cling to my gun, and prepare for the worst.
But another side of me (and neither of these points of view are necessarily opposite or incompatible) wants to cling to my “religion” in the sense that I know God is bigger than elections. I know he hasn’t been surprised by this, and he knew it was coming. Indeed he probably looked at Satan and said “Test my people. You may bring the fire.” when he permitted the Evil One to have a victory last night. (The Evil One being Satan, not Obama.) We cried out for God’s mercy, and this time he said “no.” Why are we surprised?
Mercy is by definition, undeserved. We should not be angry when the Lord does not grant the mercy we have requested. But there are so many other instances of the mercy of God being showered upon us all…we should be grateful, not disappointed.
But I digress from the point. My point is this: my “religion”, my faith, informs me that the Lord Jesus Christ sits as THE Ruler, not “a” ruler, but THE Eternal Ruler of the universe. He has held this position since time began. Shoot folks, he even invented TIME itself! He sees the end from the beginning. He has absolute wisdom, absolute power, absolute strength, and very importantly…absolute love for his children. He knows how to rule in the affairs of men a whole lot better than I do. I asked him for something, and he said no. I think I’ll just trust that he knows what he is doing. But no election, or evil triumph, or scary future….is so earth-shattering that it rattles my Lord Christ or ever strips him of ABSOLUTE authority.
Has God ever let me down in the past? No. Has he ever not cared for my needs? Nope! What about my family? Nada! Surely God needs electricity and grocery stores and viable currency to accomplish his will and provide for his children? AAAAAHHHHHIII don’t really see these things being a hindrance to the person who invented stars, the Moon, laws of physics, the human brain, every flower that is known to man, dinosaurs (a.k.a. dragons), and also knows the name of every hair on your head. Nope, just don’t think it’s an issue.
So let’s remember whom we serve, whom we belong to, and that he knew last week what we would need today.
Maybe I should just cling to him instead. Yeah, good idea Preacher. Thanks! ;o)