Lord of the Election

Today is election day. First, if you haven’t yet voted, please do so—now. Voting is important, even more important than reading my blog. Really.

Now, where was I? Oh yeah…

Today is election day. By tonight, or tomorrow morning, the voting will be over and we’ll know who is president. (Hopefully, a clear winner will be decided, and this won’t drag on any longer than it has to.) We may or may not like the result. Still, no matter which candidate wins, I’m going to get up tomorrow with a smile on my face. Here’s why.

I’m hoping for a return to civilized behavior.
After today, we don’t have to listen to any more political ads. All those signs will be taken down. It might even be safe to return to Facebook. (I’ve gotten so fed up with the rude and nasty political statements my so-called friends are posting that I’ve been staying away the last few months.)

If Facebook is bad, the blogosphere is worse. Both sides accuse their opponents of being evil, malicious, self-serving liars. I’ve seen numerous posts explaining why God clearly wants us to vote for Obama—and more posts about how He wants us to vote for Romney. Both sides claim moral superiority, or even prophetic authority—proclaiming God’s blessing on our nation if their favorite candidate wins, and God’s judgment if he does not. Either God is double-minded or some folks aren’t hearing very clearly.

The President is not my Savior.
 I don’t look to the government to save me. Yes, there are policies I support, and policies I abhor, but the fact remains that government is comprised of sinful, fallen people. It’s pretty obvious that neither candidate is without fault or blemish! Only the Kingdom of Heaven will be perfect.

God can use anyone.
Of course I have my preferred candidate, and I truly hope he wins—for a long list of reasons. But even if he does not, and the Other Guys take office, God is still sovereign. He can use any government leader, whether or not He has their attention. There are numerous instances in the Bible to support this. Consider Isaiah 44:28, where God says of Cyrus, a pagan: “He is my shepherd and will accomplish all that I please….” God is able to work through any president we elect.

It’s all part of God’s plan for the world.
The outcome of this election will not catch God by surprise. He knows the end from the beginning. Daniel 2:20-21 reads, “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others.” Who am I to tell God how to go about implementing His plan?

We may not understand all the prophesies in the Bible, but we do know that eventually the Good Guys win. Before that happens, things will get pretty bad. (That may be happening now, or it may not happen for a long time.) While circumstances may get harder, and there are no guarantees that our lives will be easy or pleasant, yet “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Note that it’s His purpose—not our own agendas—see Romans 8:28.)

It doesn’t matter whether or not we like our president. God loves us. We can trust Him.

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