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Providential Politics

September 15, 2020
By The Wheeled Worshiper

The title of this column may discourage some people who have worked for countless hours on many campaigns to get their man, woman, or group elected. I'm not discounting or erasing all the work that has been done on campaigns, but I believe as Christians we know who makes the final decision on who will be elected to any office in our cities, states, and nation. That choice is ultimately made by God, and we as Christians would readily say that, but how often do we believe it and remember it?

I want to be clear; this is not a call that we should abstain from voting for any elected office whether that be mayor, governor, or president. We are called as God's servants to be active in our governments and ultimately God uses us to fulfill his purposes. It may not seem like much when we cast a few votes, but in reality, God is using us to shape his world. As Christians when we vote we can recognize that we are being used as tools in the hands of the Master.

Debating about politics especially on many news organizations and shows seem so frivolous and part of a bigger agenda. It should be no wonder then that it doesn't seem to amount to much in the grand scheme of things when we recognize that God is in control. We still have a right and an opportunity to voice our opinions, but we don't have to be the last word on topics. Instead, we can ultimately lend our voices to God's cause and understand that he will be the ultimate authority and have the final say on what happens in this world.

God can and will use anyone whether they be Republican, Democrat, Independent, Tea Party, or any other political affiliation. We can see this play out in Scripture many times but especially in the case of Pharaoh during the story of Moses. Who would've thought that God would take someone who did not believe in him and use him to promote his glory even through denial and disregards for him? In the same way, God can take and use people we disagree with politically to further his kingdom here on earth. 

No matter the outcome this November, we can hold to the belief that God is in control. Do we want certain candidates to win? Yes, but in the end no matter if the map is red or blue, God is in control, not any political party. When we remember this, we can go to the ballot box with confidence because we know that we are being used to further the kingdom of God. Ultimately above all the rhetoric and thoughts of talking pundits, political opponents, and eventually the next or continuing president, we know who has the final say, and we know that in his providence he has made his decision. This should bring us great comfort, and we should be thankful that we have a God who is in control of all things even the issue of politics.

The Wheeled Worshipper