God and Government


In a week we will be having an election. Why is this important? Because everyone wants to know is God a Republican or is he a Democrat. The simple answer is that God is neither. He is God and fights for his agenda, not ours.

In the book of Joshua Joshua has an encounter with Commander of the Lord’s Army. Joshua has sent the spies into the city of Jericho and the people of Israel have crossed the Jordan River. While Joshua is preparing to lead the people of Israel into their first battle in the conquest of the promised land he has this encounter.

Joshua 5:13-15,”When Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua approached him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies? ”
“Neither,” he replied. “I have now come as commander of the Lord’s army.”
Then Joshua bowed with his face to the ground in worship and asked him, “What does my lord want to say to his servant? ”
The commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did that.” (CSB)

As we can see God does not choose sides based on our criteria. He fights for his agenda and he appoints leaders who will fight for his agenda. We must remember that God looks at the heart of a person and not a person’s outward appearance.

For those who are still worried about the election and the its outcome. Is God not the eternal king and will he not still be seating on his throne after the election regardless of who wins or loses. Jeremiah said it best in Jeremiah 10:10.

But the Lord is the true God;
he is the living God and eternal King.
The earth quakes at his wrath,
and the nations cannot endure his rage. (CSB)

This does not mean that you should not go out and vote. You have a civic responsibility to go out and vote. It does mean that we should not worry about things that will matter very little in the end. Remember that God is still the eternal king, who is sitting on his eternal throne in heaven, and he knows what he is doing. Even if we can’t see the rhyme or reason behind his decisions.