Wake Up Call

They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and I knew it not: of their silver and their gold have they made them idols, that they may be cut off. -Hosea 8:4 KJV

There is more than one preacher who is saying the election is over and we need to acknowledge the winner and move on. While it does appear clear right now who won the U.S. presidential election and also that we must accept the results and move on, to say this is the desire or will of God is hardly clear. Unfortunately, that is what many are saying, especially in the Reformed camp. I am in agreement with my brothers and sisters in the faith who say that God is sovereign. Absolutely, nothing happens without His consent. No argument from me. However, that does not mean that He particularly likes it or wishes it to be so. While I prefer the KJV over other translations, perhaps the NIV renders this best: They set up kings without my consent; they choose princes without my approval…

Let this be a wake-up call to the Church in this country and throughout the world. Our adversary is working over time and we must be on guard against him. We must not rest on our laurels and think that “God’s got this” or “What’s the use? God will do whatever He wants, anyway.” We can be sure that He wants us out there, promoting Christian values as law-abiding citizens. It doesn’t require violent protests or harsh, inflammatory rhetoric. It simply involves the Gospel message of God’s love for us. In any country, that is true patriotism.

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