Robert Morgan in his delightful book entitled “The Strength You Need” observes that “The Bible hums with the energy of divine omnipotence.” What does this have to do with the upcoming election? Well, for one, God is involved in American politics, because the Scripture teaches us that God sets up one leader and takes down another [Ps. 75:7]. This sovereign activity of God gives me comfort as I listen to debates and read information on our choices for president and realize that neither choice excites me. What should excite us is that God is at work in spite of the downward trend of the political process.
This reality does not excuse our due diligence and responsibility as citizens of this great country. But when the dust settles and we have done all we can, we can be assured that God can use the worst leaders to move forward His agenda. This relieves our frustration and grief so that we can go on serving the Lord long after the election is over and if …horror of horrors….the president that was elected is as bad as we imagined, we need not despair.
Historically, the church has survived and thrived under extremely oppressive governments. The Gospel penetrates every kind of culture and governmental style. Our turn may come to be under such governance. But Paul was right when he said about his own loss of freedom: “Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound! Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory” [II Tim. 2:8-10].
Could we also view the abysmal choices [my personal opinion] of presidential candidates before us as a means God may use to bring revival to His church? Revivals in church history were costly, but they were incredibly refreshing. Could it be many people will come to Christ and join us in heaven because of this election? God has never promised to keep our land free or intact as the United States of America. I think God has uniquely blessed this land and its people and I love it and pray for it. But biblically, God’s promises far surpass the future of the USA. God has bigger things in the works. We cannot afford to lose sight of His sovereign hand working His will and His plan to move us to His purposes and goals.
Here should be our election mantra: “Pray…Vote…Trust the Sovereign God…Continue to share the Gospel…but don’t worry…even wicked men can get saved…and even wicked men can be used of God to fulfill his purposes.” –Think it Thru Tom Wright