What Are God's Plans For America Come 2012 Elections?
The other day, a reader sent me a comment after reading one of my blogs and essentially cautioned me not to put my trust in any man seeking political office. The thrust of his point was, we should only trust in God to give us good leaders.
This comment had me thinking and the more I thought about it, I became more curious and have now decided to blog about the topic.
The primary question I ask is, if God decides who our leaders are to be, what’s the purpose of going through the electoral process? Can’t we just have a list of names and have people vote and whoever God has chosen, wins? In the context of the next year’s elections here in the US, what are God’s plans? Has God pre-destined the next president of the US come 2012?
The book of 1 Samuel chapter 8 provides foundational tenets of this relationship for there Israel demanded that God give them a king, so that Israel could be like all the other (heathen) nations, and so they could have a visible leader, who would go before them and would fight for them. God told Samuel that it was not his leadership, but God’s that was being rejected. He also warned the people that they would be heavily taxed by their king, and that the price of this government would be high. The people nevertheless insisted and they got their king.
In the New Testament, we see Jesus as Israel’s King, but they rejected Him. Instead of bowing the knee in obedience to Jesus as Messiah, the leaders of the nation sought the help of the Gentile government to serve their self-interest by putting Jesus to death, which they did. In other words, they chose a Gentile government over God. As we are told in John 19:15 (NIV), "But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!”and when the Pilate asked, "Shall I crucify your king?” the chief priests declared, "We have no king but Caesar!”Continued on the next page