Wednesday I woke up in shock – not because we re-elected a President I did not vote for – but because of the complete and total disrespect I witnessed from Christians regarding the outcome.
The disrespect that troubled me was not necessarily directed toward a candidate or even directed at another’s opinions or political preferences. It was the disrespect toward God in that we have snubbed our noses at the candidate He appointed to lead our nation. Do not forget Paul’s words: “For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God” (Romans 13:1).
Note that it doesn’t say “some” authority. It says “all” authority.
Whether I like it or not.
Whether I agree with him or not.
Whether I understand God’s ways or not.
There is no authority given that has not been given by God. None. Hilter was not an exception. Nor Stalin. God has – and continues to use – the rulers He appoints for His Purposes and His Glory.
Personal opinions and plans are fine but must be laid upon the altar once the votes are tallied and the decision is made. We must submit to the ruler God has chosen for us. Why? Because He commands it. We honor God when we honor His plan.
“When we complain about the difficult people we have to live and work with, blame circumstances for all the inconveniences that make life miserable, or become bitter due to a season of adversity, we are accusing God of mismanagement.” – Jerry Rankin