Who’s in charge?

I am always adverse anymore to engaging in political conversation. After a spell of it, I always feel like I’ve been gossiping or at least wasting my breath. I sense people are growing more and more cynical about politics, the economy and life in general. It used to be that I could regularly engage someone in a gentle conversation in my travels, but people seem more and more withdrawn every day.

I also sense that hearts are at the same time growing colder and harder, including mine. I have been a bit discouraged with my own outreach efforts lately. It seems it’s been a good while since I just started a conversation to see where it would lead. I’m worried that, as Christ predicted, my love for others is growing cold because of the rampant wickedness and selfishness I see all around me. That’s really not supposed to happen!

When it comes to the elections, I am comforted by the words “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28).  God is in charge all the time, 24/7, night and day. What He allows is always for good, not only for those who believe, but God allows bad things to happen and evil rulers to gain power in order to show humanity’s dark side, lest we forget God. And God wants everyone to come to a knowledge of the truth and to be saved. Jesus very pointedly said that bad things happen to everyone and not necessarily because they are worse sinners than others. Natural and human disasters are always a wake up call. God is, and has been, doing all He can righteously do to reveal to men the fallacy of believing in mankind, Mother Nature, or wealth.

Whoever we end up with as President, is whoever God decides needs to be in charge. That puts God in charge, not our votes. Paul backs me up, saying “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor(Romans 13:1-7)


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by memnan on October 9, 2008 at 10:21 am

    A sovereign God releases us to accept and love others…*: ) We don’t always have to be right, just loving…our sovereign God sees past the here and now and loves us into eternity with His wise choices.

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