By Bryan Ridenour
It’s November 7th
Another Presidential election has come and gone. And though Conservatives hoped for a different outcome, America now faces another four years of reckless spending and tip toeing around the Constitution. The last time I felt so sucker punched…post election…was in 1992 when incumbent George H.W. Bush lost to William Jefferson Clinton. Our college Republican club hosted an election night watch party in the student union; some of Bush’s opposition also joined, huddling together in small pockets around the spacious room. When it became apparent that Clinton won the presidency, shouting matches erupted in the commons area, something uncommon in our conservative Christian university. I dragged my roommate from the fray, both of us returning to our dorm room, discouraged. Now, 20 years later, the wounds of two decades ago split open once again.
But hope’s not lost…
Almost half of America voted for a more Conservative path. Sometimes, in our self-pity, we forget that others ascribe to morality and integrity because the voices that boo God ring much louder. An Old Testament Prophet once felt the same way. After experiencing an incredible victory against 850 false prophets, Elijah fled for his life, learning the Queen promised revenge. He whined to God about being all alone. His grumbling triggers a line from a book I read decades ago,
“Nobody likes me, Everybody hates me. I think I’ll go eat worms.”
Discouraged, Elijah wished to die.
I’m thankful God allows us to vent our frustrations, understanding our humanity. After Elijah aired his grievances, God spoke to Elijah’s complaint.
“Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel–all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him.” I Kings 19:18
Do you hear that Elijah? You’re not alone. Seven thousand side with you and have yet to compromise! And America….Almost 50 million people voted against “booing God and Jerusalem.” Fifty million. That’s substantial. Does that mean all 50 million know Christ? No. But it does mean that half of the electorate shares many of the same values as Believers. We are not alone, even though the main stream media bends over backwards to sweep the voice of the moral majority under the rug.
Now here’s a truth we don’t talk about much. God elected the President…sort of. Daniel 2:21 says,
“It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings;”
Ouch. Yes, Americans slipped behind the voting booth curtains and voted, but ultimately God allowed President Obama to win re-election. He permitted Mr. Obama another four years, because Americans chose to cast aspersions at their Creator and choose a path of destruction and decay instead. (Almost sounds disciplinary, huh?) An identical scenario played out in the Old Testament when the Children of Israel determined that since other neighboring nations seated kings, they wanted to follow suit. They approached the prophet Samuel and demanded a king. I Samuel 8:6-7 shares,
“But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected it is me, as their king.”
God instructed the prophet to warn the people of the outcome of establishing a king in the verses following:
11 And he said, “This will be the behavior of the king who will reign over you: He will take your sons and appoint them for his own chariots and to be his horsemen, and some will run before his chariots. 12 He will appoint captains over his thousands and captains over his fifties, will set some to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and some to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers, cooks, and bakers. 14 And he will take the best of your fields, your vineyards, and your olive groves, and give them to his servants. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and your vintage, and give it to his officers and servants. 16 And he will take your male servants, your female servants, your finest young men, and your donkeys, and put them to his work. 17 He will take a tenth of your sheep. And you will be his servants. 18 And you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, and the Lord will not hear you in that day.”
The people failed to heed the prophet’s warning, so God told Samuel
“Listen to them and give them a king.”
Unfortunately, those voting for an expansive entitlement society fail to grasp the inevitable future consequences. When the Government usurps the place of God in people’s lives, at some point the stark realization strikes that a gross error of judgment has transpired. In other words, they may
“cry out, and the Lord refuse to hear.”
Can you blame Him? When He’s booed, He’s obviously not welcome.
Here’s the good news: Though I know only snippets of eschatology, I believe this election cycle points to an ever closer return of Jesus. The signs of the times as prophesied throughout the pages of God’s Word are rapidly being fulfilled.
Christians…listen for the trumpet. Gabriel’s warming up…
14 thoughts on “God Elected The President”
I prayed for Obama to win!!!! I spent a month praying for Obama to have another term in office. I have realized that God has a mission for Obama to accomplish and therfore, I prayed that God would bless Obama. “Instead of shame and dishonor, bless Obama with a double portion of electoral votes.” I prayed! What ever anyone experiences is life is not due to what others do but what we ourselves do. How do we respond. Me being unemployed for awhile had nothing to do with Obama. It had to do with both my employers. So what do you do? Become self-employed. Thank God Obama was re-elected and not someone else who would insult people out of ignorance.
Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. I did not vote for Obama, but the election is over. Obama is our commander in chief, our president. I will pray for him. We all need to put all this political polarization behind us and come together and seek God’s face to heal out land. He is the only one who can. Not a Democrat. Not a Republican. But God. I am sad that the people in this country can not discuss differing views without the conversation leading to blaming and finger pointing and name calling. I appreciate your opinion. I respect your choice to vote for and support Obama. I’m so glad you commented because it gives us a chance to express differing beliefs without snapping each other’s head off. I long for discussions like we’re having, and confirms for me that, at least here on my blog, we can express opposing views and still respect each other. Thank you again so much for your comments and for sharing them with me. I’m so glad we got this opportunity. God bless you and God bless, protect and guide President Obama these next four years.
Steven thanks again for allowing me to post. This one’s definitely lit fires of approval and disapproval, but I believe it to be the truth. Thanks again for posting and you’re welcome to the follow up post today.
Truth, real truth, always causes controversy. Some are on the side of truth. Some are on the side of truth that is their own. You’re welcome. The post was a blessing.
The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth!! Thank you so much for posting this guest blog! Our LORD God is “in control at all times:… PERIOD! Whether we understand it… wait a second, we can’t understand it, He is God and we are man. His is SOVEREIGN! We who believe that Jesus Christ is our Savior, by grace, through faith should stand on the Word for truth.
May you and Pastor Bryan be blessed!
Thank you so much for your encouragement.
And we can’t understand it. You’re absolutely right.
He is God. We are man. Duh!!!
I forwarded a copy of your comment to Bryan.
I know he will be as blessed as I was.
Again. Thank you so much.
God bless you, my sister in Christ.
The truth of this message put me to tears.
What is ahead will indeed be frightening.
But God says “Fear not”, 365 times in His word.
I reckon that is one for each day,
So I will “Fear not”.
Thank you for your comments and your tears. In my view our future does not paint a pretty picture.
And thank you for reminding me to “fear not”. Those two words, in my opinion, will carry us through
the rough times we both anticipate in our country’s future.
Thank you again, and God bless you.
While your guest columnist made several very valid points, he lost sight of yet another great truth. He points out that no all who voted for Romney are Christians, but fails to take into account that a good sized percentage of those who voted for Obama are also devout sincere Christians. One cannot assume one’s Christian beliefs or lack thereof, based on the way he or sh voted.. I’m just saying.
Ronn, thank you so much for your comments. You are correct. Bryan failed to mention Christians who voted for Obama. I have a problem with the “Christian” label. Bryan’s post and the comments I’ve received bear out two of my beliefs: 1) People can not define what a “Christian is; and 2) Folks who call themselves “Christian” can make it be anything they want it to be.
Ronn, I just got your comment in my email and approved it.
Thank you so much.
God is infinitely in control…and with our finite minds we cannot come close to understanding how He does it. But, by faith we can accept it. Thanks for posting the honest truth.
Thank you Butch. Bryan has great insights into God’s truth. I’m glad you enjoyed it.