God’s Appointed Leaders

Posted: March 7, 2012 in Christian Living, politics
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When our nation’s Founders designed their plan for a more perfect union, they understood that the success of a modern republic would require more than a political document like the Constitution. Because of their study of history and knowledge of human nature, the Founders knew the pitfalls that plagued civilizations before this one. They knew that the Constitution alone could not curb individual selfishness. They believed that virtues were necessary for sustaining the American experiment.

But who really decides who will become the leader of America?

Read Dan. 2:1-49:

“He controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up other kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars. He reveals deep and mysterious things and knows what lies hidden in darkness, though he is surrounded by light.” (v.21-22)

“Your Majesty, you are the greatest of kings. The God of heaven has given you sovereignty, power, strength, and honor.” (v.37)

Read Daniel 4:4-37:

“You will be driven from human society, and you will live in the fields with the wild animals. You will eat grass like a cow, and you will be drenched with the dew of heaven. Seven periods of time will pass while you live this way, until you learn that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world and gives them to anyone he chooses.” (v.25)

Does that mean that whoever wins the presidential election is appointed by God? I would say, yes.  I don’t believe there is any leader that God hasn’t appointed- Even evil leaders.

“For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” (Romans 13:1)

In Israel the people wanted a King, (1 Samuel 8:1-22) which was not what God wanted, but because of the hardness of their heart God appointed King Saul, who ended up being evil. As I have stated before, today we have high rates of divorce, babies born out of wedlock, youth violence, and so on.

Just as Israel of old, we too, have forgotten God and replaced him with our own golden calf. We have bowed down to the idols of humanism, secularism, and government control, and we have reaped the rewards of our actions.

This year’s presidential election may be one of the most important in recent history. Many are concerned that the outcome will result in another overreaching administration that violates our constitutional rights. But what most of them don’t realize is that a leader is merely a reflection of the people they lead.

It’s possible that God will appoint another King Saul for us in order to bring us to repentance. The only way to attain true freedom is to seek God’s mercy with a repentant heart and pray that He will appoint the leader we need, and not the leader we want.

“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” (2Chron. 7:14)

Scripture shows us how the Israelites loved David. But the more they loved David, the more Saul hated him. Jealousy filled Saul’s heart and controlled him so much that all he could think of was how to get rid of David. Saul and his soldiers hunted David and his men in the wilderness for eight long years. Saul did everything in his power to catch David and kill him. However, one day, while in a battle with the Philistines, Saul and his three sons died. Thus, the descendants of Saul were completely exterminated, just as God had said they would be. In the chapters that follow, the Scriptures relate how God finally turned the kingdom of Israel over to David. (1 Samuel 17 – 2 Samuel 7)

We can be certain that whoever is elected, God has appointed them. But we should still always oppose anything they do that is immoral or unethical. God Himself will judge concerning such things.

I believe as a follower of Messiah, it is our responsibility to stand in the gap for our fellow Americans. And doing so will help ensure a new birth of freedom – A freedom that comes from following God and not man. 

The power of prayer should not be underestimated. James 5:16 declares, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”

James goes on to explain that, “Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.”   (v. 17-18)

I pray that as God’s people we will humble ourselves and pray and seek God’s face and turn from our wicked ways so that God will forgive our sins and then we will hear from heaven and God will restore our land. (2Chron. 7:14)

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