Post-Election Reflections

I have written a great deal about the presidential campaign over the last year, and I think it’s only appropriate to share some things that I am grateful for now that it’s all over.

1. The Sovereignty of God. I am so grateful to serve a Savior who once looked into the eyes of a calculating Roman politician and said, “You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above.” Jesus knew what has been true all along about the kingdoms of men. They rise and fall according to the ordination of a sovereign God. “The Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes” (Daniel 4:25). God works all things after the counsel of His own will (Ephesians 1:11), and He promises to cause all things to work together for good to those who love God and who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). God has presided over today’s result with an inscrutable wisdom, and I am thankful for that.

2. Common Grace. We are sinners and do not deserve rulers who maintain peace and order in society. Nevertheless, God gives us governing authorities for our good (Romans 13:4) in order to stem the tide of human evil and so to deliver us from ourselves. Almost any government is better than no government, and I am so very grateful for the Lord’s provision in this regard.

3. The Kingdom of Christ. The world is groaning under a curse (Genesis 3; Romans 8:20), and no politician or party will be able to reverse it. King Jesus will be the One to set the world to rights. The day is coming (sooner than we expect) when Christ will come and set the cosmos free from its slavery to corruption (Romans 8:21). Though we grieve now that the unborn are slaughtered by the millions, the Lord will be their justice in the great day. After triumphing over all His enemies, God will wipe every tear away and make all things new (Revelation 21:4-5). This is a hope worth living and dying for, and no politician or human government can thwart God’s redemptive purposes for human history.

There is much more that could be said, but these are the things that are most on my heart tonight. We have so much to be grateful for, and what better time to say so than today (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

11 Responses to Post-Election Reflections

  1. Joel Patrick November 5, 2008 at 4:59 am #

    Well said

  2. Gim Anderson November 5, 2008 at 8:22 am #

    At least the Lord has preserved us from having a woman in authority.

  3. angie November 5, 2008 at 9:26 am #

    thanks denny. great word!

  4. Don Johnson November 5, 2008 at 9:48 am #

    Someday I hope you will discover that having a woman in authority can be God’s blessing.

  5. Don Johnson November 5, 2008 at 10:08 am #

    Don’t raise your fists in defiance at the heavens or speak with such arrogance.’ ”
    For no one on earth—from east or west, or even from the wilderness—should raise a defiant fist. It is God alone who judges; he decides who will rise and who will fall.
    Psalm 75:5-7, NLT

  6. Matthew November 5, 2008 at 10:50 am #

    Good word. I’m curious if Gim’s comment of a woman president is sarcastic. I hope so.

  7. jamie November 6, 2008 at 12:18 am #

    Don? I confused at what you are saying is arrogance.?

  8. jamie November 6, 2008 at 12:19 am #

    sorry I meant I’m confused

  9. Jennifer Catanese November 6, 2008 at 2:45 pm #

    God plans our destinies,and we must support our president because no other president has stopped abortions and has left that up to states discretion and God gives every man the choice to decide to follow Him. As for me and my house we will serve the Lord and pray for mankind. Its all in our God’s hands. Praise be to God.

  10. Jennifer Catanese November 6, 2008 at 10:07 pm #

    I wanted to add somethig to the statement I made earlier I made an error I know that we have the law, roe verses wade on abortion but I meant to say that
    other presidents have given the states their right to say whether the gays may be married or not.

  11. cindy November 22, 2008 at 1:55 pm #

    Did not God call up Deborah to judge over Israel?

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