Here We Go.

“Be still, and know that I am God.
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10

It is written that few will strive to enter the narrow gate, that a remnant will be set aside by God, those who love him and honor him, and, for those, he will be their God and they will be his people. These are the ones he has plucked from amongst all the others who hate him, even as they hated God themselves. To these, he has granted mercy beyond comprehension. To these, he changes hearts so they no longer desire the things they once did but rather the things of God.

One day, all the nations will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord.

Psalm 2

Why do the nations rage
    and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
    and the rulers take counsel together,
    against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
“Let us burst their bonds apart
    and cast away their cords from us.”

He who sits in the heavens laughs;
    the Lord holds them in derision.
Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
    and terrify them in his fury, saying,
“As for me, I have set my King
    on Zion, my holy hill.”

I will tell of the decree:
The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;
    today I have begotten you.
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
    and the ends of the earth your possession.
You shall break them with a rod of iron
    and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
    be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear,
    and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son,
    lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
    for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

To those who do not have faith in Jesus and do not look forward to his return: Repent of your wicked ways and seek Jesus before the day of judgment comes. For it will indeed come, like a thief in the night.

To those who are born again in the Spirit and who call Jesus, “Lord,” in thought, word, and deed: stay awake and be alert for our King is coming soon. Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.

For the record, I am voting to re-elect Donald Trump for one primary reason: the hope that abortion may one day be eliminated from this land. I believe that God has instituted government to promote good and punish evil and that I must honor Him with my vote. Frankly, voting for Trump makes me sick.

What makes me more sick is the hatred I see coming out of the Evangelical camp. It’s as if stamping out abortion hangs on our ability to re-elect Trump. We say that God is in charge, but we act as if our vote is the deciding factor in this matter.

Is it?

The bible teaches us that God is the one who puts kings into power. Yes, we vote, but do you think we could ever out-vote God? And what if Biden does get re-elected? Does that mean God failed? Nope. To understand this, we must look to Romans 1. God turns humans over to their wicked deeds. Certainly, God is not promoting sin, but he does allow us to sink deeper and deeper into our own sin, individually and collectively.

Here’s my biggest concern. Far too many in the born-again community have forgotten this is a spiritual battle and are focusing the fight on human terms. That will fail. It has to. Why? Because we are trusting in our own strength. That is why there is so much hatred spewing from us. Our efforts are frustrated and our abilities lacking. We lose our peace because God takes his gift when we wander and fight our own battles.

Ephesians 6:10-13 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.

1 Timothy 2:1-4 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.

Is this a spiritual battle or not? If it is, then we are to fight it spiritually.

What if God put Biden into office? Will you be able to praise God even though you put on your armor, prayed for our leaders, and waged war according to the Spirit? What if abortion gets even worse? Will you be able to praise God in that?

You should. Not because evil is good but because he will one day judge. Praising God for his wrath is not the same as relishing in revenge. Remember, those who are spared are only so because of God’s mercy. Don’t forget that. Yes, God is to be praised in his wrath.

And, if God chooses not to have mercy, then who are you and I to argue with that?

Settle this issue, my friends. God is in control. You and I aren’t.

Romans 12:9-21 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Man, oh, man, I hope none of us gloat if Trump is re-elected.

Father, hold your soldiers in tight ranks for whatever you have for this nation. Amen.

Copyright © 2020 Scott Powers

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