About Jesus Steve Sweetman
8 billion dollar, 2012 American election that captivated the world has
left some people ecstatic and others depressed.
If you're one of the 78% of Canadians who would have voted for
Barack Obama if given the opportunity, you're happy.
You join many happy Europeans and even some Muslims throughout
the Middle East. On the
other hand, if you're unhappy with the election results as many are, let
me suggest a Biblical perspective for you to consider.
begin, this will convince some that I really am a right winged
extremist, even though I don't consider myself to be one.
I'm committed to what once was mainstream, that is, Biblical
orthodoxy. I haven't moved
to the far right. I'm
cemented into the same old spot I've always been in.
Society's move to the far left makes me look as though I'm on the
Bible is clear. God is not a
Deist. He involves Himself
in the affairs of men and nations. Because
of this, and because of recent trends in America, I've maintained the 2012 election might well be a major turning point
in American history. I
expected President Obama to be re-elected, and it's not because of his
popularity, abilities, or lack thereof. I
felt it was God's will, but not for the reasons Obama and the Democrats
clarity sake, Jesus has no political affiliation. He's
not a Republican. He
affiliates Himself with those who willingly submit themselves to His
authority, thus the reason for what I write.
typical American fashion, President Obama ended his victory speech by
saying "God bless America", not once, not twice, but a number of times.
So I ask, "can God bless America
and still be true to Himself and to His word"?
Romans, chapter 1, the apostle Paul states that God hands those who
continue to reject Him over to their sins of choice.
That is, the sins America chooses to embrace. Once these sins become embedded into the national consensus,
ungodly leaders emerge, not merely through the electoral process, but by
the will of God. Jesus puts
people in power and He takes them out of power (Daniel 2:21).
He's obviously left Obama in power for His own reasons.
could bless America
think Governor Christy of
the sins a nations chooses to embrace are embedded into the fabric of a
nation; once God
hands that nation over to sin, and once national leaders defy all things
godly; what comes next is judgment, followed by the collapse of the
nation. This isn't new.
judgment is seen in some very familiar ways.
He causes natural disasters, military defeats, economic
collapses, civil unrest, moral decay, political deadlock, and more, to
get our attention. Hurricane
Romans 13:1 Paul says that "there is no authority except that which
God has established. The
authorities that exist have been established by God."
From a Biblical perspective, it's not just the electorate who put
Obama back into the White House. God
might well have sent Obama back to Washington
to spur on the process of judgment.
Ironically, Hurricane Sandy seemed to have played an important
part in putting Obama back in power.
expect more seas to slam into our coasts (Luke 21:25).
I expect men's hearts to fail for fear of the things coming upon
them (Luke 21:26). As the
rain falls on both the just and the unjust, (Matthew 5:45) so God's
judgment falls on both the just and the unjust.
Moses as our example for the days ahead.
along with God's people, suffered greatly as God brought
season of sin is about to end. We'll
find ourselves in the same situation as Israelis when God judged Egypt. Like
of old, our western nations are getting pretty cranky as judgment
overtakes them. Like Moses,
we'll feel both the affects of judgment and the anger of a frustrated
society. Through it all, we
will "refuse to be known by the sinful nations in which we
live." We will
"choose to be mistreated rather than to enjoy the pleasures of
sin." We will
"regard disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than
the treasures of the western world". Our
loyalty to Jesus will be rewarded. You
can count on that. I
wouldn't be disappointed over the results of the 2012 election.
Rather, I'd stand in serious awe, realizing that the Most High is
right now, activity demonstrating His sovereign will over the nations of
men. That should drive any depression
we may have over the outcome of the election to the outermost part of the universe.