Well, THANK GOD the elections are over!
I have never seen something turn people into, well, into something despicable, the way “voting” can. I’ve always said elections bring out the worst in people, whether they mean it or not.
Don’t get me wrong, I pray everyday for our leaders. I pray that they will have Godly wisdom, and that if they’re not saved, they will be. I ask, most of all, that God would intervene and cause His righteous judgment to prevail. Because without it, we are surely doomed.
Just Look at Where We Are
We already see what unrighteous leadership will do. From the smallest towns to the federal level, there is so much corruption, it just makes you sick to think. Those platforms are being used, daily, to push belief systems down the throats of those that don’t want it.
Now, in reality, both sides of the aisle can say this. I heard a lady justify Christian “voting” by quoting Proverbs 29:2…
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
There is a lot of truth to that, from a Christian standpoint. Wicked rulers have imposed ungodly laws on Christians for years, even putting them in prison for adhering to God’s commandments. Imagine treating Muslims this way! Imagine the uproar if Hindus, Buddhists, or ANY OTHER religion were legally battered the way that Christians are!
But, the reality is, when Christians are in power, the liberals “mourn”, and when liberals are in power, the conservatives “mourn”. From a worldly standpoint, it’s just a bad case of “winner versus loser”. So sad.
Israel Wanted THEIR Voice Heard Too
I might be wrong, but it seems to me that “voting” got started when the people of Israel decided they would rather be ruled by a king than by God Himself. In all of my praying, and all of my asking God about who I should vote for, this is one of the Scriptures that kept coming to mind. You can read along with me here, in 1 Samuel, Chapter 8:
(4) Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah,
(5) And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.
(6) But the things displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the Lord.
(7) And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.
(8) According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.
(9) Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.
(10) And Samuel told all the words of the Lord unto the people that asked of him a king.
Remember how the Bible clearly tells us that God would not always strive with man? But would eventually give them over to a reprobate mind? Well, this just might be where a lot of that got started. And they didn’t even realize what they were doing to themselves.
Consequences of Demanding Rights
Once God allowed the establishment of an earthly king, we see how lots of things changed. Reading on through the chapter mentioned above, we see how certain things were established. A military was erected via verse 11, and verse 12 talks about the manpower it would take to keep it going. Hence, “factory work” in a way.
God said the king would take your sons for the military, your daughters for restaurant work and would even take the work of your hands. Verses 14-16 leads into taxation as opposed to true tithing, and how it would benefit the king and not the people.
Worse still, God says that when the people realize what’s going on, and all that they’ve lost, they would cry out to Him.
But He would not hear them in that day.
They refused the voice of Samuel. They refused God. And they preferred a king, a ruler, to be over them, to judge them, to fight for them, to stand before them.
Still Reaping What They Sowed
Today, people still prefer their king. They cry out to “man” to MAKE THINGS RIGHT, when really, it should be prayer that comes out of our mouths.
The world wants “rights”… and so they cry out for laws to be passed.
The world wants “religious freedom”… and so they cry out for laws to be passed.
Bullying has reached monumental heights… and so they cry out for laws to be passed.
Video game violence is cited in the violent acts carried out by young people… and so they cry out for laws to be passed.
Do you see the trend? Offense gives way to more offense and the whole world thinks “the king” holds the answer. If we would humble ourselves, and pray, and turn from our wicked ways and seek God, I just have to wonder, how much of this mess could be turned?
Will we ever know?
Choosing Right Over Wrong
God knew that “the law” would never offer man the kind of redemption and salvation to make it through this world. If nothing else, God placed it to show that we will never be “good enough”. And we know that’s why Jesus came, and died, and rose again. He offered Himself as the ultimate and most worthy sacrifice for the sins He knew we would continue to walk in. HE is the answer!
You know, there was even an “election” when Jesus was on trial. They asked the people, “Should we release to you Jesus, or Barabbas?”
Well, we know how that ended!
So, having spent a great deal of time in prayer, I chose NOT to cast my vote for man. How dare I choose a fleshly person over my God? I will pray for all those elected, as God can even use the ungodly for His own intents and purposes. And He will, of that I’m certain.
I have only ONE KING. And His Name is Jesus.