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George Bush is president.

How did that happen? If we truly believe the Bible is God’s inerrant word, then let us view recent history through this lens.

Daniel 2:21 He (God) changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.

Romans 13:1 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities , for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

Colossians 1:16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities ; all things were created by him and for him.

John 19:11 (speaking to Pilate) Jesus answered, "You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above . Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin."

Daniel 4:17 "`The decision is announced by messengers, the holy ones declare the verdict, so that the living may know that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes and sets over them the lowliest of men.'

Daniel 5:21 He was driven away from people and given the mind of an animal; he lived with the wild donkeys and ate grass like cattle; and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he acknowledged that the Most High God is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and sets over them anyone he wishes.  

The recent election has established the truth of these verses. Especially with the tight results.

Christians who believe voting for our new president was the right approach, let’s think again. If the verses are true, President Bush holds that job for one reason, it was God’s will.

But, how can that be? What about our votes and ‘conservative’ Christian movements to get out the vote? Aren’t we supposed to make our vote count?

 

Christ said:

John 7:17 If anyone chooses to do God's will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.

How would we know if the statements made in these pages are in line with the will of God? Square each comment with the scripture. If the statements are made ‘on my own’, their falsehood will be made evident by a study of God’s inerrant Word. If not, as Christians, we have no choice (our duty) but to incorporate the scripture’s direction whether or not it should make sense. Any compromise invites God’s displeasure and consequences.

In regard to God’s and a Christian’s approach to earthly rulers, the following scriptures certainly apply.

Joshua 24:15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you , then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."

Luke 1:52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.

Colossians 1:16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.

1Samuel 9:16 "About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint him leader over my people Israel; he will deliver my people from the hand of the Philistines. I have looked upon my people, for their cry has reached me." 17 When Samuel caught sight of Saul, the LORD said to him, "This is the man I spoke to you about; he will govern my people." ...14 But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him leader of his people, because you have not kept the LORD's command."

1 Samuel 25:30 When the LORD has done for my master every good thing he promised concerning him and has appointed him leader over Israel,

1Kings 14:7 Go, tell Jeroboam that this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: `I raised you up from among the people and made you a leader over my people Israel.

Micah 3:9 Hear this, you leaders of the house of Jacob, you rulers of the house of Israel, who despise justice and distort all that is right; 10 who build Zion with bloodshed, and Jerusalem with wickedness. 11 Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money. Yet they lean upon the LORD and say, "Is not the LORD among us? No disaster will come upon us."

Deut 30:19 (NIV) This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live Josh 24:15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."

We invite judgment on America. Haven’t we chosen economic prosperity over life? Tax cuts come first, even for Christians. If so, the Christians who chose to vote for Phillips should comfort themselves that they did the right thing voting for the individual who stood foremost for God’s values (#1 issue was to end legalized abortion). If President Bush’s election was judgment, we should expect no help from the offended Power.

Is this a reprieve? Did God appoint him as leader to spare us of the moral darkness of the Clinton years? If this is the case, where do those who voted for Phillips fit in the picture? Those who felt God’s direction to choose a candidate who would almost certainly lose, yet stood firm and voted for a more stronger candidate, may be the reason President Bush won the election!

At this point, you must be thinking these statements are completely ridiculous and whoever wrote them is mentally challenged. Scripture teaches that God appoints the leaders, as above. Our recent election put God’s choice in the White House. Those Christians who think that their votes put President Bush there are only being used by God, not necessarily a good thing, as Nebuchadnezzar and the Pharaoh in Egypt, and others were also used by God. As close as the election was, God’s influence on Ralph Nader and his voters, confusion by hanging chads, etc., could have given us President Bush.

Wouldn’t it be better if you individually stood closest to God’s values, whatever the consequences and then see what comes out, trusting Him with the results instead of trying to make it work out by your own effort? Isn’t that what we criticize Abraham for doing with Hagar?

The goal for the Christian leaders is not to form a coalition so winning is theoretically possible at the cost of compromise, it is simply to stand firm with God.

If God appoints our leaders, God could have placed President Bush in place not because of your wishes to have him as president but possibly as a reprieve to the remnant who failed to compromise His values and voted for Phillips or even Buchanan.

This flies in the face of current thinking but doesn’t it square with scripture?   He tells us we are not to compromise.

Isaiah 55:8 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways ," declares the LORD. 9 "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

The bottom line is: If you really want your vote to count, make it pleasing to God by not compromising. He will bless that decision.

We see the decrease of parishioners in churches of least Biblical stands. As some begin to embrace homosexual ‘marriages’ and depart from the simple, clear, distinct Biblical teaching, they drive members away who see the failure of teaching the Word. Members of the compromised churches relocate to others, seeking more scripturally sound teaching or give up.

There is a parallel here. This is true of all churches. The more we replace scripture with our own worldly teaching, the more people see our failure and seek inspiration elsewhere. This is what is happening with the church in America today. The closer we come to preaching the undivided and unpopular Word of the Scriptures, the more individual sinners will show interest and may be saved.

Duty is ours; results are God’s. This is true. We who did our duty to stand firm may have compelled God to have mercy on us so G.W. Bush is president despite losing the popular vote to Al Gore and winning by merely ~500 votes in Florida. God defeated armies of Philistines and others with confusion. Dimpled and hanging chads may also be because of God’s intervention on those who were voting incorrectly.

Why is GW Bush our president?  It was God's choice.

 

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