Tomorrow is election day. Iâ€™ve made my predictions as have many others. Some say Mitt Romney is going to win in a landslide (as I believe) and others are calling for a narrow victory for Barack Obama. Regardless the outcome, what will Christians do on Wednesday morning to whatever lies ahead? Will we throw our hands up in the air and give up because Obama was re-elected, or will we go back to our workaday lives no longer vigilant over government because Romney won?
The American Church needs to answer three questions and it is not I who has come up with them. The great theologian A.W. Pink in his book â€œThe Sovereignty of Godâ€ asks the following:
Two alternatives confront us, and between them we are obliged to choose: either God governs, or He is governed; either God rules, or He is ruled; either God has His way, or men have theirs.
This can be a hard choice, only if we look around and not up. Godâ€™s Word is very clear on Who is in control of world events:
â€œThe kingâ€™s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.â€ (Proverbs 21:1)
We must understand this important truth: God is in control and we are not. We do our part. We vote our conscience, one hopefully seared by the aletheia truth found only in Godâ€™s Word and not manâ€™s wisdom devoid of heavenly truth, and we trust God with the results. I remind you of John Quincy Adams words when it comes to doing our civic duty:
â€œDuty is ours; results are Godâ€™s.â€
I guess the real question that needs answering is can we trust God with our future. Again the Bible reminds us we can:
â€œMany sorrows shall be to the wicked; but he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him.â€ (Psalm 32:10)
No matter what happens tomorrow, when you wake up on Wednesday morning I want you to try something that will seem completely strange to many Christians but will be an example unto the lost. I want you to praise God and rejoice that you live in America, even if Obama wins. I know, but the Bible tells us we can:
â€œBe glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!â€ (Psalm 32:11)
I guarantee you if Barack Obama wins reelection, there will be much handwringing and gnashing of teeth. That will be the norm. Why not WE the Church try a different approach; letâ€™s be the difference weâ€™re supposed to be. Letâ€™s rejoice in the Lord.
It will be a great testimony to the lost world and perhaps a calming effect on the brethren.
Besides, itâ€™s all gonna end on December 21, 2012 anyway…
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