From Your Pastor’s Heart
Meteors, Presidents, and the Truth!
I recently read a Reuters article (http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-meteor- dUSKN12I20S), it stated that 1 in 4 young voters would rather a meteor destroy the planet than either one of the present candidates be elected president. That is a silly, ridiculous, and maybe for some, sublime option, but I must admit that I am living in a constant state of dismay. I do not believe that we have ever seen two individuals more unfit to lead our country. It saddens me also that our children will spend the next 4-8 years having either of these candidates paraded across the news media as the leader of America.
Those personal remarks now aside, let me share with you what you need to know:
- God is Sovereign over history, all of it. I do not believe one grain of sand has passed through the hour glass of time that God has not appointed to fall in its predetermined place. You might push back against that and say “How can that be true considering the atrocities of war, racism, slavery, etc.?” I would say to you that being the sovereign God means that He is able to restrain the evil in human hearts, so that His purpose is always protected and preserved. Proverbs 16:9 says, “The heart of man plans his ways, but the LORD establishes his steps.”
- God is Sovereign over the kingdoms of history, all of them. Pagan leaders, good leaders, bad leaders, all of them serve his ultimate purpose. During the tumultuous season of the godly man Daniel’s life when there was no king for Israel and Daniel and his friends lived under the reign of the maniacal Nebuchadnezzar, God spoke these words, “…the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will and sets over it the lowliest of men.” (Daniel 4:17) God has used and will continue to use men and women in positions of leadership to accomplish His purposes.
- God is Sovereign over His True Church and we will not fail. The famous words Jesus spoke outside the city of Ceasarea Philippi to Peter the Apostle, “Upon this Rock I will build my church and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18) In the 2000 years since Jesus death, burial, and resurrection there have been multiple world powers rise and fall, many of them led by tyrannical, murderous, ego-maniacs who vowed to scourge the planet of the Church and religion. Guess what? The Church remains and those leaders and governments are text book fodder or forgotten footnotes. My concern, in the days in which we live, is that the Church be active in the plan and purpose of God. He is the only hope. Who knows, the meteor could hit tomorrow, it wouldn’t matter then who won the election or which party you voted for.
Faithfully Yours, Bro. David