***Our wonderful pastor preached a sermon last week about God's sovereignty, and that whoever is in power is there by His choosing. While that made me feel better for a time, it's just hard for me to wrap my head around the idea that God would deliberately place an evil man in power. In times past, God did use evil leadership for the sole purpose of teaching Israel a lesson about her idolatry, etc. My husband is very knowledgeable of the Bible, and we are both dispensationalists. I talked to him about Romans 13:
13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
Mark's explanation was that Paul was outlining the basic model of government here, something that every civilization must have. Government structure is ordained of God and is necessary for the survival of society. It is the structure that God ordained, not the individual people.
Col. 1:16: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven and are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.
Paul is talking about the visible (earthly things) and invisible (spiritual warfare).
Eph. 6:12: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
In the dispensation of grace, in which we are now, we choose who rules over us; sometimes we make good choices, sometimes not. Mark also pointed out verse 4, which he believes gives the authority to stop evil regimes by the sword, as we did when we got Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden.
That's two ways to look at it. My gut tells me America decided last night to allow an evil man to continue to guide us, and we will pay the consequences. It is inherent upon us to obey the laws of the land, as in the passage above, but I believe we as Christians are to resist when ordered to do something contrary to God's word, such as abortion or gay marriage. I do agree with Pastor James that through it all we can trust God and live in the joy of our salvation. God can use bad situations for His good, and that's what I'm hanging on to.
Boy, do I long for Jesus' coming. Last night was a rough night - not much sleep, lots of crying. Time to pick myself up and move on.
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” — Abraham Lincoln
***Have a great day!