Next year, Jesus will not be in the White House. That chair would certainly be a downgrade from the seat He currently reigns from anyway (Psalm 11: 4-7, Daniel 7:9-10, Acts 2: 29-35, 2nd Cor. 5: 10). Although Jesus will not be there, someone will be, and if you are like me, you are not feeling very good about where the wind is blowing in regards to whom will take that seat.
Perhaps the person who will be elected will be great. Perhaps they will do wonderful things. I am not a prophet nor the son of one, so I simply don’t know. However, from my circles of friends on both sides of the political spectrum, Christians and non-Christians alike, are not excited.
However, the Scriptures give us Christians revelation in regards to how we ought to behave under the thumb of unlawful or embarrassing civil magistrates (as well as under good leaders). The purpose here is not to provide a systematic approach and detail everything the Scriptures says about this. However, some basics need to be covered.
The first thing to note about the upcoming elections: God is in control. Nothing is going to happen outside of the plan and decree of the Yahweh (Eph. 1: 11). In regards to who wins the party nominations, and eventually, POTUS, God is in complete control.
Romans 13: 1, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment” (ESV).
If Bernie Sanders wins, God put him there. If Hillary Clinton wins, God put her there. If Ted Cruz wins, God put him there. If Donald Trump wins, God put him there.
And once God puts one of those people there He won’t be finished with them afterword.
Proverbs 21:1, “The King’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.” (ESV)
It is settled then, God is in control. However, unlike the inappropriate interpretations used by many monarchical rulers of days past, this is not an indication that God is pleased with whomever is selected, nor is it an indication that whomever is selected will be good for the the people under them. The story of Saul as recorded in Samuel’s 1st prophetic book reveals this truth with clarity.
After Samuel grew old he anointed his sons to be the judges over Israel. However, his sons did not follow in their father’s ways and were corrupt. Thus, the people of Israel demanded a change of government, and instead asked for a King.
The problem is, because of their special covenental relationship, the already had one: Yahweh.
1 Samuel 8: 4-8, “Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah and said to him, ‘Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.’ But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, ‘Give us a king to judge us.’ And Samuel prayed to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. According to all the deeds that they have done, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are also doing to you.”
However, prior to receiving their king, God graciously warned them what kind of a king He would bring them, “Now then, obey their voice; only you shall solemnly warn them and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them” (9). Samuel began to list all of the terrible things that their future king would do. The people still cried out for one, so God gave them one (1 Sam. 9:16; 10:1).
Israel received a king as judgment. They received a king God knew would not be good for them. They received a king that would one day grieve God. They received a king that would be used by God to judge them.
Thus, the president we receive shortly will not only be appointed by God, but that presidency will also be exactly what we deserve.
Perhaps, given the millions of innocent lives we have slaughtered in this country through “reproductive rights”, you could argue any and all of the candidates are too good for us. But I digress.
Israel’s king was Saul, and Saul had many minor victories. He defeated the Ammonites and prepared the way for the defeat of the Philistines. Yet, He is rejected by God (15). Whoever is elected will do something to please a portion of the American people. If Sanders is elected, many people will be pleased by his redistribution of private wealth. If Trump is elected, many people will be pleased with his border wall. If Cruz is elected, many people will be pleased with his push for limited government. However, there is a chance, that we will get some rejected by God. There is a chance that we will receive a president that those who didn’t vote for will be vindicated in, and those who did will feel regret. And if that moment comes upon us, what shall we do? How will God’s people respond?
The people of Israel eventually realized the folly of their ways and they returned to Samuel.
1 Samuel 12: 19-24, “And all the people said to Samuel, ‘Pray for your servants to the Lord your God, that we may not die, for we have added to all our sins this evil, to ask for ourselves a king.’ And Samuel said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil. Yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. And do not turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver, for they are empty. For the Lord will not forsake his people, for his great name’s sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you a people for himself. Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you, and I will instruct you in the good and the right way. Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.”
1) Do not be afraid (remember what the Lord has done)
2) Repent of our sins
3) Serve Jesus with all our hearts
4) Do not become idolaters.
5) Remember the Lord will not forsake His people
All of this can be summed up as such: Serve Christ faithfully, for He is deserving of it.
While Obama remains, serve Christ faithfully. If Trump and his wall reign, serve Christ faithfully. If Hillary takes that chair, serve Christ faithfully. If Cruz swears the oath, serve Christ faithfully. If Rubio comes from behind in victory, serve Christ faithfully. If Sanders is president, serve Christ faithfully.
Remember the Lord Saints, He will not forsake His people.