Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Primarily Speaking, God Has My Vote!

It's Texas' turn.

The eyes of the political pundits and media are on my grand state, as well as Ohio, to see who can add to their delegates and be on the Big Ballot in November.

I'm not a polictical junkie, and the whole thing really gives me a headache.

But having just gone through a study of the Old Testament, it gave me a little different perspective of what the outcome means.

One of the most reassuring verses in the Bible is this declaration of God's sovereignty in Daniel 2:21 : He changes times and seasons; He sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.

I know Christians (and I've known them on both sides) in the current and in past elections who work themselves into a frenzy over the idea of "What if __________ is elected?" They fear the doom and downfall of America if a certain individual is elected.

Now I don't disregard the importance of political and individual convictions, and I am absolutely convinced of the importance of voting.

But what if our "worst possible choice" is the one who must be elected in order to fulfill God's purpose and usher in His Kingdom? What if that individual's election would result in Christ's imminent return?

Throughout the Bible, God uses the actions of evil kings, nations and individuals to accomplish His will. He is not limited by the electoral process. Nor is He threatened, worried, or panicked by whomever is elected. In fact, according to Daniel, He put that individual there for a reason.

So we can vote as we feel led, and leave the results to Him. He already knows the outcome. We can go to sleep in peace and not lose heart if we don't get our choice.

He is Sovereign.

Including over the U.S. Presidential election.

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19 comments:

Natalie said...

It's hard to give something like that up to the Lord but you're right, He has a plan.

Kelly @ Love Well said...

So true, Linda. This is the exact reason I try not to get emotionally involved in the political process. I love to follow the race (being a news junkie and all), but ultimately, God knows what he's doing. And I've learned in such a personal way that He's working for good even when I don't like his methods.

Brandie said...

Amen and amen.

Kelly said...

Such truth here--love a new perspective on the elections. I am already worn out by it all:)

Jenny said...

That is the truth! And considering who all the candiates are that is comforting!

Thanks for the reminder,
Jenny

Terri said...

Amen Sister! You took the words right out of my heart. We are to do our part but it is God who sets things up. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts/heart.

Dimple Queen said...

Amen my friend!!!

Becoming Me said...

Awesome post! In fact I am going to direct some worried friends of mine to your site. He is sovereign.

darnelle said...

So well said!
I can't tell you how many times I have just felt 'sick' the day after an election. A few years ago I finally got it into my head - just what you said. . .

"He is Sovereign.
Including over the U.S. Presidential election."

Praise God!
Darnelle

Xandra said...

You are so right! I never thought about it exactly like that, but you are right! Thanks for sharing this today.

Xandra

(BTW...I voted on the way home!)

Chris @ Come to the Table said...

I agree with everyone else, you have said this so well.

Blessings to you!

Mississippi Songbird said...

I enjoyed reading your blog.. Have a wonderful week!

Kelli said...

Amen, sister. There are just some that I would rather listen to for the next 4 years more than others :)
Have a good day.

Kelli

Angie said...

Yes! We vote our convictions and "leave the results with Him". You are so right!
Thank you for your kind comment on my CWO Cafe post this morning. You are very kind.
Bless you!

The Preacher's Wife said...

This post echoes my view EXACTLY.

And following this line of reasoning, if a Democrat is elected, we can take comfort in KNOWING Jesus' return is imminent! :))

Dimple Queen said...

Linda, thanks for coming by and encourging me during this "testing" time!!! It is so pitiful how much pressure the state puts on these kids and us teachers! I feel like we don't REALLY get to teach any more!

**thinking of your kiddos (for the next couple of months!)***

Angela

Cheryl said...

Thanks for that reminder. I tend to let my mind fret over the idea of an ungodly person getting into office. But when I think about all the wicked kings in the Bible and how God used them to complete his will, I'm just reminded that God is in control and no man can thwart His plans!!!
I love you dearly!!!!

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

I so agree. My husband is a political JUNKIE but this is (thank goodness) his philosophy as well.

His theory is that so many make politics their religion. So when their candidate does not win, election day becomes Good Friday.

It's POLITICS people. God worked thru Nebuchadnezzar, for Pete's sake.

Jerri said...

You've made a very interesting point. As a history fanatic and self-proclaimed political junkie, I've been following the election very closely (and with disgust if i'm being honest). I fear the direction that some would have us go in and believe it is downright dangerous.

But I think it is a good idea to step back and realize that in the end it will be okay, and it is all part of a bigger plan. We just have to look after our families, keep the faith, and let God take care of everything else.