If you have not already done so, make sure you take time to vote today. Even though I have felt kind of ambivalent about the last few elections I still make sure we vote. Voting in free and fair elections is as American as apple pie. Although we are not physically close to home in Ohio and can not go to the polls we have sent our absentee ballots in.
I posted the following after the disappointing presidential election in 2012. Lots of folks responded in a very positive way and I appreciated the response very much. It is as true now as it was then. We need to remember that God is control no matter which party controls the House, the Senate or the White House.
God bless you and I hope you enjoy.
The truth about elections.
Truth #1. God established that we should have government.
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Romans 13:1
There can be no doubt that God’s plan for humanity included that we should have government. The Bible is plain on this subject.
Truth #2. According to the Bible we have certain rights and responsibilities to that government.
We are to be submissive to our government to the full extent that our relationship with Christ will allow. I Peter 2:13-14 and Titus 3:1 are two examples.
We should pray for our government and I believe we should participate in our government. We should participate in the national conversation and make our voice known by voting.
Truth #3. Elections do not always go our way.
The first election that I was fully aware of was 1976. I was terribly disappointed in the outcome. After that election I became accustomed to elections going “my” way. 1992 hit me hard! I remember exactly where we were when we heard the results of the 92 election.
1996, 2008 and now 2012 are some more elections that did not go my way. My guy lost. I was not enthused about “my guy” in most if not all of those elections but he was “my guy.” I was disappointed in the man that won each time and in each case he led the country down paths that I did not like. If President Obama is able to accomplish his stated goals this time I know I will not like it. Let's not even talk about my concerns about his real agenda. But…
Truth #4. We need to make sure that we keep the enemy in proper perspective.
There are spiritual forces at work. There is a real devil with a real agenda against all that is good and right. There are men in our world system that will do their dead level best to fulfill all of satan’s will. But man is not our enemy!
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) II Corinthians 10:3-4
President Obama is not my enemy. His policies are liberal. His tendencies are socialist. His loyalties are questionable. His intentions are debatable. He seems haughty, aloof, arrogant and proud. But even IF all of this is and much worse is true, President Obama is not the enemy.
We are not fighting flesh and blood! The enemy is not a person. The enemy is the devil! We must keep that in perspective.
Truth #5. God has a divine plan.
We must remember that. God has a divine plan. You do not know what that plan is. I do not know what that plan is. The president, your congressman, your senator, not even your mother knows what that plan is. But God has a divine plan.
Truth #6. God’s plan will prevail.
You can not side track God’s plan. The president can not side track God’s plan. A bad election can not side track God’s plan. A thousand bad elections can not side track God’s plan. God will prevail, my friend. God will prevail.
What is the truth about elections? The truth is they matter to us. They matter deeply and I think they should. But elections do not affect God. God was not voted out on November 6, 2012. (God will not be affected by the election today, November 4, 2014.) God is still on the throne. God is still working His will in our lives. God still has the whole world in His hands, including you and me and President Obama. Thank God for that!