As I write this, the election is just a week away. I’m hopeful that the masses turn out and vote for Mitt Romney and those who want Obama, find some day-time talk show to watch instead.
I’m not going to comment on the buzz about the elections being postponed because of Hurricane Sandy. Liberals might delight in the idea, but the rest of the country will not wait, especially given that the president doesn’t have the Constitutional authority to postpone the elections.
Despite all of this, what if Romney still ends up losing? We have to ask that question because it may not be God’s will for him to win. What if Obama wins again? What will our response be as Christians? Will we rejoice in God’s sovereign plan or will we grumble?
As Christians, we have to admit that sometimes God’s plan are not what we want or think is best for the country. Remember how God used King Nebuchadnezzar to bring discipline and judgment on Israel? I’m sure that Daniel and his friends prayed that God would deliver them from the onslaught of Nebuchadnezzar’s army. I’m confident that they prayed YHWH would raise up an angel to smite the Gentile herd as it approached the holy land. However, God did not do so because His purposes and ways are not our purposes and ways.
He was bringing discipline on the nation of Israel for their years of looking to the world for comfort and protection. He warned them that He would do so if they did not continue in His ways. They did not continue in His ways and He brought about an army to discipline them.
If God wasn’t hesitant to discipline those who were His chosen nation, why should we expect any better treatment?
The truth is that here in the United States we tend to think that we are entitled to just rulers. We think it’s our birthright to have rulers that seek our material and financial well being. Yet often times, what we need more in our lives is more dependency upon Him, and not our political views or country.
We need to remember that we don’t have the right to the American dream, or just rulers, or prosperity and riches. God never promised us those things in Scripture. In fact, much of Scripture comes from the fact that God was removing those things from His people. He does so out of His love for us, for it is far better that we look to Him for our daily sustenance and well being than the society in which we live. It’s better that we depend upon Him for our next meal, our jobs, our health and wealth than it is to receive such through a society and country that has long turned their backs on the living and true God.
In fact, when we look to Christ’s messages to the seven churches in the book of Revelation, one of the harshest warnings came to the church that was financially fit. Listen to His words to the church in Laodicea:
Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— 18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.
I’m not sure we get that with more prosperity, which is what Romney is promising for us. Not that I don’t want him to win. I do. But how we, as those who are God’s people, handle life if Romney doesn’t win. Will we trust in the LORD in His choice for our leader? I know, we think who we have as a leader is up to us. But ultimately, it is up to God. He is the one who changes kings like He changes the courses of rivers. In other words, God is sovereign in the affairs of men, not just in the affairs of His people. Will we rejoice that God is doing something in our lives if Romney loses? Will we be thankful?
Or will Romney’s loss cause us be angry with God, asking Him: “why have you done this thing?” Remember, He loves those whom He rebukes and chastens. He doesn’t chasten those whom He doesn’t love. He pours out His wrath upon them. It’s better to accept His discipline as one accepts discipline from a loving father, because HE is a loving Father.