About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Vote Really Counts?
Ever since I lived in the
Washington D. C. suburb of
As I write this article
the American electorate has given the Republican Party a substantial
victory in their 2014 mid term election.
Many Evangelicals are overjoyed with the outcome of the election,
which wasn't the case in the 2012 presidential election.
Whether you're happy or unhappy with election results, and, as
important as your vote is, from a Biblical perspective there's more to
the electoral process than your vote.
The prophet Daniel spoke
to this issue in Daniel 2:37. Nebuchadnezzar
was the king of the Babylonian Empire from 605 to 562 B C. This
is what Daniel told him. "Your
Majesty, you are the king of kings.
The God of heaven has given you dominion and power and might and
glory". In light of the
fact that this king ransacked
The historical fact is
that Nebuchadnezzar inherited his position from his father Nabopolassar.
That being said, there's more to this fact than can be seen
through the eyes of history. What
isn't easily seen through the historical lens is stated in Daniel 2:21.
God "changes the times and seasons; He deposes kings and
raises up others". (NIV) The
words "times" and "seasons" have nothing to do with
seasons on our calendar. These
two words are translated from two Aramaic words meaning a duration of
time, as in a four year presidential term.
Therefore, the NLT version of the Bible reads; God "controls
the course of world events: He removes kings and sets up other
Daniel tells us that the
head of any state, no matter the political system, is appointed by the
God of heaven. Men like
Nebuchadnezzar, Cyrus, Nero, Constantine, Hitler (and may I suggest
President Obama) are all positioned into prominence by God.
As a side note, the Bible
does not promote any form of human government, and that includes
political democracy. Actually,
I could make a Biblical case that all human forms of government in one
way or another oppose the only form of government the Bible does
promote, namely, the Kingdom of God.
We'll all see the first visible expression of this now invisible
kingdom when Jesus returns to rule the nations with a scepter of iron.
That reminds me of what President Theodore Roosevelt said about U. S.
foreign policy. "I
speak softly but carry a big stick". Be
assured, when Jesus rules the nations, He will speak softly and He will
also carry one very big stick. His
foreign policy will be clear and decisive as seen in part in Zechariah
14:17. The text states that
God will prevent rain from falling on those nations who fail to come to Jerusalem
Getting back to the topic
at hand, from my understanding of the Abrahamic Covenant, I believe God
installed Nebuchadnezzar as king of the Babylonian Empire because God
knew Nebuchadnezzar was capable of overthrowing Israelis as an act of
divine judgment. Israel
had long since forsaken its God. It
was now time for judgment and Nebuchadnezzar was the man to implement
God's will in this matter.
In another divinely
orchestrated turn of events, Cyrus, King of Persia, overthrew the
Babylonian Empire without a fight in 539 B C.
He did so as then Babylonian King Belshazzar was partying.
Belshazzar was asleep at the wheel.
I could write an article on politicians being asleep at the
wheel, but I'll save that for another day. Anyway,
the Persians had been chomping at the bit to conquer Babylon, but only in God's good time, and because of
preached that God relates to humanity one individual at a time, and that
He does. God also relates to
nations, one nation at a time. Jesus
did sacrifice His human life to provide individual salvation.
His sacrifice was also one step in the process of bringing all
things, including nations, under His rule.
The ultimate fulfillment of the cross as it relates to nations is
found in Revelation 21:24 to 26. "The
nations will walk by the light of the New Jerusalem, and the kings of
the earth will bring their splendor into it. The
glory and honour of the nations will be brought into it".
There will be nations on the new earth and they will be subject
to the Kingdom
God does install ungodly
people, including the anti-Christ who is yet to come, into places of
power. They are tools in the
hands of the Almighty to accomplish His will.
So, if your government leaders are ungodly and oppose all things
Biblical, know that God has chosen them for a specific reason.
Don't complain. Be
thankful that God's will is being done.
Also, be aware that the installation of ungodly governments as
understood in Biblical terms is often an act of judgment in itself, as
seen in Isaiah 3:4. "I
will make boys their officials, mere children will govern them".
It's all part and parcel of God handing a nation over to its sins
of choice. (Romans 1:24 to 27)