Just in case anyone was wondering if the Lord had led me to write anything about the 2012 Presidential election, He did with a prophetic edge! This edited (punctuation and a footnote added) 2012 repost is one of a few corollary postings inspired of and to follow the four-part blog, “God Of Restoration And Judgment” under the category, The Cause among three others. Needless to say, after this past bizarre 2016 election year, I am even more personally exasperated with elections and lack of candidates with a biblical worldview. I hope, though, that you will also see in this blog as I have and am encouraged, that in my frustration with the present state of affairs, God is preparing my heart for the coming of His righteous King!
Originally Posted October 7, 2012
Elections are a fact of life in a Democracy. As a Christian with a biblically conservative worldview (preserving the Word of God, its truth and instruction as it is written) however, I confess that I have become weary with the endless cycle of local, state and national elections. It is especially frustrating to me when fewer and fewer of the candidates share my worldview. This nation’s founders victoriously concluded their rebellion against the British monarchy by instituting a democratic form of government--called the best men ever invented. They did acknowledge that this experiment in self-government would only work if the people stayed connected to their Creator (most seemed to agree this was the One, true God of the Bible) and His moral precepts found in His Word.
In the well over 200 years since that auspicious and unapologetically Christian beginning, many of the people have not simply drifted, but in effect staged another revolt.1 This time, it is against their Creator! This revolt, it seems, has ebbed and flowed in intensity depending on how much our nation’s leaders stood for God and His Word or not. The back and forth reflected in elections and especially those for President exposes a major flaw in the democratic form of government that it shares with human monarchies: the well being of the nation can rise and fall based on the men or man in power as Solomon in God’s wisdom saw (Proverbs 29:2) and Israel’s experience also shows (2 Chronicles 33-34).
Depending on the make-up of Congress and who the President is, our nation has gone back and forth in its policies; up and down in its economic fortunes and spiritual climate. Of late, the only constant we have seen is the steady spiritual and moral decline of our nation that has not been reversed by the last several Presidents from different political parties. President Obama has given support to the evil rebellion against God clearly unfolding through his social policies. This is why every aspiring strong man and great woman of God needs to consider that in this upcoming Presidential election we will be selling our nation out by simply voting for which candidate has the best short-term economic recovery plan.
Truly, economic upheaval and scarcity to the end are foretold (Revelation 6:5-6). Thus, either candidate’s economic plan on paper might be academically sound, but what we know for certain is that it is not sinful man’s wisdom in play here. It is the grace of an Almighty God that our nation needs for even a temporary recovery, but which now hangs in the balance because the many are in revolt against Him (Psalm 33:16-22, 127:1-2). For this reason, I am afraid for our nation in the short and long-term if we continue with President Obama who is a professing Christian at the helm or elect Mitt Romney a member of a cult form of Christianity to take his place.
In their first Presidential debate this past week, as part of his answer about the role of government Mr. Romney said, “We're a nation that believes that we're all children of the same god...” I know what he may have meant generically. After all, it was my forefathers who in great simplicity and hopeful hearts first uttered similar words to get bigoted white folk professing to be Christians to let up off of their hurtful oppression and like us. However, as a Bible student, I know that the statement is inaccurate. We are all God’s creation, but not all are His children. Only those who have put their faith in the Jesus Christ of the Bible, the Son of the living God become sons (John 1:12-13, 3:3-8; Romans 8:14-17).
What did or will Romney the Mormon mean spiritually by his statement? I believe Romney as President will do what his camp has done during the campaign in further attempting to legitimize and mainstream a cultic, false religion calling it Christian. President Obama will continue to assert his biblically liberal Christian credentials if he is re-elected. Meanwhile, the nation will continue to falter as neither the people in the majority or their leaders are able to connect to the God of the Bible who holds our future in His hands due to rebellion and spiritual ignorance respectively.
In my weariness I will vote in this Presidential election and urge all of my fellow citizens to do the same. Too, I will thank God for the options to explore other candidates besides the two the media has offered or responsibly write in a selection as my choice in this democratic form of government. Nevertheless, I will also keep waiting eagerly for the coming of God’s permanent King, my Lord, Jesus Christ (Psalm 2)!
1 Read my posts dealing with “Christianity” and being a “Christian” as Americana, September 4-18, 2016 under the category, Call To Repent.
In the last decade the impossible dream of a black President as a professed Christian from a sinfully broadminded denomination, wickedly linked our long time just cause for racial equality with that of all rebels against the divine order and biblical morality. By the grace of God I was among those He dispatched in 2008 warning not to vote for a man to be President just because he was black since this would be as wrong as what many white Americans had been doing.8 But deceived by the novelty and notion of creating history, a large number did so; making a terrible spiritual miscalculation in disobedience and disloyalty to God (Matthew 7:13-14; Mark 8:34-38; Luke 16:13-15).
The legally sanctioned social changes fostered by former President, Barrack Obama, compare in divine offense and devastating consequences to follow with that of Israel’s king Jeroboam (1 Kings 12:25-13:2, 33-34, 14:14-16) and Judah’s Manasseh even after he repented and revival led later by godly Josiah (2 Kings 21:1-16, 23:15-18, 24-27; 2 Chronicles 33:10-17).9 Leaders of any hue that defy the holy God and His Word always bring on His judgment because He does not condone sin (Proverbs 14:34; Ezekiel 18:4) and is immutable (Hebrews 13:8)! Having endured slavery does not spare black Americans in sin from further judgment with all other guilty Gentiles as it did not Israel.
For the God of restoration and judgment is working His plan unabated so that the Gentiles with His people, Israel, will shortly come to fully understand Israel was scattered and has suffered judgment from Him as have all peoples for their sins (Ezekiel 39:21-29). The historic spread of the Gospel and various experiences of His judgment among the ethnicities, races, tribes and languages of the Gentiles are so because God is man’s Creator, Judge, Savior and sovereign Ruler (Genesis 2:7; Psalm 50:6; Isaiah 45:20-25; Daniel 4:17)! Repentance and faith in the Gospel of His Son is His one and only provided path to saving righteousness (John 14:6; Acts 4:8-12; Romans 3:21-31).
And now, we are coming to the end of this period of grace since as foretold by the Lord Jesus, this would occur after the Gospel had been preached in all the world “as a witness” and very few peoples remain that have not heard it (Matthew 24:6, 14, NKJV). Until now, the Lord has visited individual Gentile nations with judgments of every kind including those of Europe and their satellites that have served as His instruments of it upon other nations--God is perfectly just!10 But His foretold regional and global judgments approach and will be especially hard on nations that have long had the Gospel and now, reject it (Jeremiah 25:30-33; Luke 21:10-11, 25-26; Revelation 8:1-11:6).
Following after will be God’s wrath (Zephaniah 1:14-2:15; Revelation 14:6-16:21). Only a tiny remnant of what is Israel today will survive the foretold final outpour of God’s wrath upon sinful human rebellion against Him. Honoring the faith of their fathers, God promised in mercy to hear the cry of this future remnant in tribulation that would be delivered through the Second Coming of His Son (Deuteronomy 4:29-31; Matthew 24:15-31). As foretold by the prophets and affirmed by the Lord’s apostles, this Jewish remnant with the Davidic kingdom will be restored in the land and He will reign over them (Isaiah 25:9; Hosea 3; Zephaniah 3:8-20; Acts 3:13-21; Romans 11:11-36)!
Because of Israel’s prophetic future, professed Gentile Christians were specifically instructed not to get “haughty” during this final Jewish Diaspora since we stand only by faith (Romans 11:19-22, NKJV)! For we do not replace Israel as some falsely hold. We enjoy the blessings of God’s New Covenant with those Jews that believe and to whom the Gospel went out first (Acts 2:1-39, 3:22-26; Ephesians 2:11-22). Due to the aforementioned falsehood and more, professing Christianity teaches Israel no lessons on faith in or faithfulness to God since judgment is upon it too (1 Peter 4:16-19)! Truly, all manner of ungodliness mar its history on the earth.
The historical sins of professing Christianity include the worship of relics and icons (idolatry) in manmade religion, political intrigue, violence, murders, crusades (wars), sexual immorality, heresies with syncretism, racism and twisted sanction of the violent subjugation of indigenous peoples and the immoral practices of slavery. Luther’s Reformation did not halt much of this since many Protestants are guilty of the same things. Today, it is rank rebellion as well as divisions rooted in disobedience to God’s Word as I have already written about among professing black American Christians. These are not God pleasing works of faith, but sin; sin that has not gone and will not go unpunished by the Lord (Psalm 135:14; 1 Corinthians 10:1-11; Hebrews 3:1-4:13, 10:26-31; Revelation 17-19:4)!
Glory to God who preserves His faithful in judgment! Commissioned as Israel to be “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” that gives glorious witness to God on the earth (Exodus 19:5-6; Isaiah 43:10-13; Acts 1:8; 1 Peter 2:4-10), the faithful of professing Christianity in history have been so. Truly, only His faithful ones will stand to the end through persevering faith in Christ (Revelation 3:7-13, 7:9-17, 12:9-11)! ‘“And we shall reign on the earth’” with Him also (Revelation 5:8-10, 19:5-20:6, NKJV)! Therefore, I will again glorify my God for His amazing wisdom and power to fruitfully fulfill His cause to restore men despite evil opposition and sinful human failure (Genesis 22:15-18). The risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, “Who is on the Lord's side?”
8 Read the October 2008 Journal, Judging Righteous Judgment in the Journal Archives of the From Slavery To Victory Education Project Web Site.
9 This is not said to suggest Mr. Obama’s break with the Bible as a professing Christian is the sole instance of this in American Presidential, Congressional or Court
history. His social policies sanctioned by the courts following a long line of blatant breaks with biblical instruction and morality, however, have pushed the nation
past the point of return (see the introduction of my July 12, 2015 blog, Powerlessness Of Being The Minority, Pt. 1, under the category, Encouragement) and
“remedy” with God leading to certain national judgment even with immediate repentance and revival as the Scriptures cited show. This shame is not what our
Christian slave forefathers endured by faith waiting for.
10 Read part three and the conclusion of the Journal article, Spiritual Reality Is The Reality in the Journal Archives on the From Slavery To Victory Education Project
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