The passionate environment in this political season should cause all to pause and consider the big picture.
Seldom if ever do political speeches focus on the inevitable future intervention of almighty God, but yet close with the words ‘God bless America.’
Let’s consider several relevant Scripture passages. Remember Paul said all that happened to Israel were examples for us in the current age.
When the Israelites possessed the Promised Land and were benefactors of God’s goodness, they were not to forget the source of their blessings.
“When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which He has given you. Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes…” Deuteronomy 8:10-11
God provides, not government. We know that Israel, and all the other nations, would ‘forget’ their God. The Hebrew for ‘forget’ in the present context means to ‘willfully set aside.’
“So the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD. They forgot the LORD their God…” Judges 3:7
To forget God has absolute consequences. Righteous judgment is inevitable.
False prophets spoke encouraging words to itching ears; but such words were not from God.
“I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in My name, saying, ‘I have dreamed, I have dreamed!’ How long will this be in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies? Indeed they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart, who try to make My people forget My name by their dreams which everyone tells his neighbor, as their fathers forgot My name for Baal.” Jeremiah 23:25-27
God regards such words as chaff compared to His word which He refers to as wheat.
“‘Yet I did not send them or command them; therefore they shall not profit this people at all,’ says the LORD.”
God’s inevitable judgment for those who have forgotten Him will be accomplished by His Son.
“But the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son.” John 5:22
This passage is perhaps the central theme in the Bible. When God is forgotten and redemption is rejected, judgment is required by a Holy God.
Luke emphasized this great truth.
“…but now (God) commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” Acts 17:30-31
Confusion and deception will prevail, and in fact accelerate, up to and culminating in Daniel’s 70thweek. The righteous Judge will appear at the end of that ‘week.’
“Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.” Revelation 19:11
The day will come when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!
Yes, Jesus is real and He makes a difference!
In an uncertain world, we can be sure of God’s absolutes. Not only does faith embolden God’s chosen to take a stand, but history has verified over and over again the immutable sovereignty of almighty God.
“I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning…saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My Pleasure,’ …indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will also do it.” Isaiah 46:9b-11
While the conventions and political rhetoric are entertaining, the absolutes are missing from the speeches and party platforms.
Has any politician asked, “Are we closer to God’s standard of justice and righteousness now than we were 7 ½ years ago?” Or has either candidate promised to bring America closer to that standard if he or she were elected commander in chief?
“For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” Romans 13:1
Vote your heart and accept God’s sovereignty with confidence and a grateful heart.
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