I don’t know about you, but when I woke up this morning (Nov. 9th) and checked the news feed on my smart phone, I was quite surprised by the election results… really surprised. And it seems I am certainly not alone. For the past few months it seems we have been fed a steady diet of polls from the national and even many of local news outlets that showed Mrs. Clinton very much in the lead over Mr. Trump. In our own state’s senate race the democratic challenger seemed to be comfortably ahead in all the polls. National polls were also seeming to indicate a Democratic takeover of at least the Senate. So… what happened?
I am not a huge fan of politics, and I can categorically say that this has been the meanest and most exasperating election I have ever witnessed in my 60 years. I’m not usually one given to talking about it as a pastor, or even blogging about it… but something very interesting seems to be happening.
First off, I have actually heard it said that many of these polls were less than reliable… some perhaps being slanted. I don’t know about that, but a poll is only as good as the questions being asked. And given that the vast majority of national media and news outlets are about as unbiased as an Eagles’ or Steeler’s fan on an autumn Sunday afternoon, I would not put it past these hypocritical institutions to attempt to tilt the political windmills so-to-speak. I simply do not know. But I do know this, if there was some great left-wing liberal-media conspiracy to tilt the election towards the Democratic side of the playing field… well… it didn’t work so well. Just saying. Americans have always had a funny way of thumbing their noses at politically elite wonks. I confess, it kind of makes me want to do something completely dignified, like sticking out my tongue at my TV Anchor-person and saying, “Nana-nana-boo-boo!” Now there’s a picture…
But then, seriously, I truly believe there was something much greater at work here…. His name is God; and yes, America, He does have an agenda… His own. While there is a part of me who cringes at the notion that we would blame such a thing as the election results on Him, the truth of Scripture tells us that our God actually does ordain our leaders. Check this out: Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. (Romans 13:1 NLT; and you should read the next few verses also!) I.e. God placed… ordained Mr. Trump to win the election last night, and for the Senate and House to maintain their Republican majorities, regardless of the polls, regardless of how much money was spent promoting candidates; regardless of how much the national news outlets sought to spin reality. God decided… period.
Now, before some of you go glad-handing, high-five-ing, and getting all giddy, it might also help to remind ourselves of some biblical realities. As 1 Samuel 9 points out, God called a man from the tribe of Benjamin named Saul to be Israel’s first king. He ordained and called a Babylonian king to discipline His people; his name was Nebuchadnezzar. Isaiah prophesied God’s ordaining a Persian king named Cyrus (Isaiah 44-45; esp. 44:28 & 45:1). While Cyrus helped the children of Israel return from Babylon to their land after God’s judgment, history tells us that none of these kings were poster children for righteousness or moral character.
Our sovereign God was in complete control of the election last night; but that ought to sober those of us that truly love Christ and His Kingdom. It became quite apparent that both of these candidates were deeply flawed, and that all too many of those voting chose one over the other as a perceived “lessor evil”. I am very happy that this insane election season if finally over; but I am not as joyful as I could be. I am hopeful for our new President, but I am also very uncertain as to the path he will choose to lead us. I am hoping and praying that his actions are more considered and helpful than his words were during his campaign. And there is much that needs to be addressed by him regarding race relations, and respect for women.
Needless to say, and I’ve said this about our current President, we need to be very much in prayer for him. Here is what the Apostle Paul had to say regarding this, I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior. (1 Timothy 2:1-3 NLT) And as for hope; another struggling king wrote, The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; He guides it wherever he pleases. (Proverbs 21:1 NLT)
Our God is still on the throne!