Blue State Blues
Perspective on the News
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Election night, and even though only a few have been called, the tension associated with watching states turn red or blue has already driven my youngest daughter out of the room-- at 15, now old enough to be engaged but not old enough for any real long-range perspective. Which is something we could all use some of tonight, right?
How could God allow Obama to win again? That’s the question in my household. And it’s a fair one.
On the face of it, a win for the Democrat is preposterous. As John MacArthur observed in a message a couple of months ago, it almost seems like the DNC drew their platform straight from Romans 1—celebrating every sort of sexual immorality, worshiping creation rather than the Creator, and writing God out of the story completely.
But only temporarily. They did (eventually) vote to put God back in. (Although, as MacArthur also observed, attaching God’s name to their platform was a much bigger blasphemy than leaving it off.)
But how could God, ostensibly, bless Obama? How can we make sense of victory--again-- for a leader that thumbs his nose at so much of Biblical truth? A U.S. president that has turned his back on Israel, insisting that they return to pre-1967 borders?
Let’s look at what we do know.
We know that God is control of who is in control of earthly governments:
“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, For wisdom and might are His. He removes kings and raises up kings…
We know that He sees the whole picture when we don’t:
"He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him." (Daniel 2:20-22 NKJV)
We know that he has a master plan that will certainly be fulfilled:
“I know that You can do everything, And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.” (Job 42:2)
We know that His master plan is about redemption:
“having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.” (Ephesians 1:9-10)
God has not forgotten His promises to His people, but He has a bigger plan in mind:
"The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9)
"God does not take away a life; but He devises means, so that His banished ones are not expelled from Him." (2 Samuel 14:14)
We know that suffering fans the flames of revival, both within and without the church:
"My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing." (James 1:2-4)
"For when Your judgments are in the earth,The Inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. Let grace be shown to the wicked,Yet he will not learn righteousness; In the land of uprightness he will deal unjustly, And will not behold the majesty of the Lord. Lord, in trouble they have visited You, They poured out a prayer when Your chastening was upon them." (Isaiah 26:9-10,16)
We know that ultimately our provision and protection come not from man, but from God:
"Put no more trust in man, who has only the breath in his nostrils. What is he really worth?" (Isaiah 2:22)
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved;He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve you from all evil He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore." (Psalms 21)
We know that God can use the godless to bring about His will. Heck, He even called Nebuchadnezzar His servant, and as Paul observes in Acts 2:23, it was by God's determination that the wicked crucified His own Son.
It may well be that that God intends to use this profane prince to ultimately reveal His glory to the world. It may be that He intends to use the next four years to refine the church and cause the inhabitants of the world to look to Him.
What we do know, beyond any shadow of turning, is that this one didn't just "get away from Him". God's still on the throne.
So what now?
"We have the prophetic word confirmed which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts." (2 Peter 1:19)
We know it will be OK in the end. If it's not OK now, remember it's not the end. We're not home yet, and this world, after all, is not where our citizenship lies.
We know though the battle is lost, the war is already won:
"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)
We know that God is the Author of a peace that can truly rise above our circumstances, a peace that comes not from external reality, but from an inward intimacy with the Redeemer:
"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,And whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit. (Jeremiah 17:7)
"I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever." (Psalm 52:8)
What we need to remember is this: ultimately the victory we long for is not that of Republican over Democrat. It is the one we are all someday going to see, described for us in advance in Revelation 5:
"Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed… You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, (Revelation 5:9)
Not a Republican or Democrat.
A Holy Monarch, the King, the Lord Almighty. The King of all the earth.
In this world we will have tribulation. That's a promise we don't often claim, but it's from the lips of the Lord Himself.
I say (Ok, with a gulp in my thy throat) if four more years of unrighteousness, chaos, and dwindling resources will make the inhabitants of the U.S. (and the world) seek righteousness, bring it on. My God is on His throne.
This is the day that the Lord has made. We can rejoice and be glad in it.
Be of good cheer.
About Wendy Wippel
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