“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;
He changes times and seasons;
He sets up kings and deposes them…
The Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men
and gives them to anyone He wishes…”
–Daniel 2:20-21, 4:17 (emphasis mine)
The sun rose this morning; God is on His throne. We awoke this morning; God is on His throne. Barak Obama is president this morning; God is on His throne. GOD IS ON HIS THRONE.
Sometimes God gives us what we ask for. Sometimes He gives us what we deserve. Sometimes He gives us what we need. With this election cycle, which is it? Only He knows at this time; we will know in due time. But one thing is sure: He gave out of love. Everything He does is based on love because God is love (1 John 4:16).
In Revelation 3:14-22, Jesus sent a letter to the lukewarm, complacent church of Laodicea, in which He chastised it for thinking it was rich, self-sufficient, and in need of nothing — not even Him. The truth — the spiritual truth? It was wretched (teleo – ceasing to be what it once was), miserable (eleeinos – worthy of pity), poor (ptochos – fallen from a better estate into abject poverty), blind (tuphlos — enveloped in the smoke of self-conceit), and naked (gumnos – stark naked before God). Sound familiar? It could be a letter to the Church in America or to America herself!
And then Jesus said, “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent” (v. 19). Love rebukes and disciplines! It doesn’t coddle and spoil! The warning of discipline is to the Church, but the invitation that follows it is to the individual: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me” (3:20).
America’s problem is not the re-election of President Obama; it’s not Congress; it’s not governmental at all. It’s not financial; it’s not social; it’s not racial; it’s not moral. America’s problem is spiritual. And unless she repents, she will continue to be rebuked and disciplined by the one true and sovereign God of the universe who loves her. The discipline won’t be fun, but it will be necessary. It won’t “feel” like love, but it will be. The nation needs to repent. And repentance begins in the Church, within the heart of each believer.
So here we are for another 4 years. Therefore, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted…”(Romans 13:1-2). Only when that authority goes against the Word of God do we have permission to disobey.
And so we must pray for our President, his Cabinet, and our Congress. We must be aware of the issues and let our voices be heard — respectfully. We must press on to protect the godly principles upon which this nation was founded. And we must continue to vote our consciences.
So as we await the return of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords — as we await His perfect, righteous, and just kingdom — what must we do?
Love the brotherhood of believers,
honor the king.
(1 Peter 2:17)