American Christian’s seems to possess some form of fatalism about the election of the American president. One could call it a hyper faith in divine sovereignty.
What do I mean by that?
Some Christians hold to a doctrine believing that everything which happens in life is a result of God’s will. Applied politically, they believe that any elected official, or for that matter any king or tyrannical ruler, is appointed by God in some Divine Way. People will do theological gymnastics to try to show that God appointed even Hitler in his place and for his time.
Their final statement, and it generally comes up in every conversation, is to tell you not to worry because God has a plan.
Don’t get me wrong. God has surely instituted civil government, but he has also instituted the authority of the family, as well as the responsibility of the individual. When a family has a father who abuses his children no one would blame God, nor would they believe that an abusive family represents God’s will. In fact, it’s safe to say that every Church considers it one of their roles — to bring the word of God into abusive families in order for the will of God to be experienced.
It should not be difficult for you to transfer the same principle of family government into the realm of civil government, or into what we commonly call politics. God instituted civil government, but not everyone in government represents the will of God anymore than every father of every home represents the glory of Christ.
Bad people get into government, evil people, wicked people. The role of the church should be no different towards civil government than it is towards family government. We must bring the Word of God into our institutions in order for there to be righteousness, peace, and joy. When the righteous are in authority the people rejoice.
Barack Obama was not appointed by God as a president — he was appointed by the voters. American society as a whole placed their vote, or did not place their vote; and both need to repent: one for indifference, the other for the consequences. To put it simply, we have received as a nation exactly what we have desired.
When Ted Cruz stepped out of the race recently, it was not in fulfillment of some secret plan of God’s will, but it was the harsh reality of today’s American society. You get what you vote for.
This current president announced to the whole world that we are not a Christian Nation. Although I disagree with him emphatically, on the one hand, perhaps he was right.
I do not know who the next American President will be, but I do know something about the will of God. As long as the Church refuses to take a part in the political life of this nation, the nation shall become more and more dark, and more and more perverse. As long as we cower in the corner, and fail to allow a voice of righteousness to be heard, this descent into darkness will continue.
But wait… Yes, God does have a plan:
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land, (2 Chronicles 7:14).