I want to apologize for failing to keep up my weekly blogging. I knew senior year was going to be crazier than my junior year, but I did not imagine my schedule would be as tied up as it has been. I have been thinking about you all a lot. I am thankful for this blog world, and for the opportunities that God gives me to share His Word with you. But, the gist is that I am back, and I am going to try to update as frequently as I can.
Today, I would like to address a topic that is not only relevant to citizens of the United States as we are readying for election day, but also for any country that has a political leader or leaders in power. Disclaimer: this post is not going to talk about who to vote for or particular candidate benefits. However, I do want to acknowledge the anxiety that many people are likely feeling about the person who will be the US President. Both the Republican and Democrat candidates in the US have corrupt values. The reality of life is that every day we are drawing nearer to the End Times, and the world will only become more and more corrupt. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (ESV), “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.” The last days began after Jesus’ ministry, and we are currently living in them. These last days could go on for centuries or it could come within a year. No human being can predict the time of judgement.
However, despite this great darkness surrounding us, we have a hope that overpowers fear. We often cannot see purpose in the troubled times, but God is sovereign. He has supreme control over the world; no president, dictator, or army can achieve as much power as the Lord holds. Political leaders cannot do anything that surprises God, or ruins His will. Habakkuk 1:5 (ESV), “Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.” I personally believe that is important to be politically informed. I watch the presidential and vice-presidential debates and keep up with the latest comments candidates are making. We should not live obliviously and deny that there is darkness in our world. However, if we view the political knowledge we hear from a human perspective, we have reason to fear the future. God’s promises, however, trump all fear (pun intended). God is behind elections and behind the decisions world leaders make. He is constantly at work. So I propose that as Christians, we stand firm in our faith, rather than trusting in a political candidate to direct our futures.
Lastly, no matter what the outcome of political elections may be, the Bible tells us to be respectful and follow the authority of our political leaders. No politician will rise to power that God has not predestined to be in office. Romans 13:1-2 (ESV), “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.”
Exodus 14:14 (ESV), “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” Let us not be hostile towards those who do not share our same viewpoints, but let us remember who is in control. We do not have to fret because each moment of our existence was willed by God at the beginning of time. Take heart, friends, and may God give you peace in the midst of political chaos.
In Christ’s Love,