Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Update! Presidential Election Predictions

The tumult and the shouting dies,
 The Captains and the Kings depart;
 Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
 An humble and a contrite heart.
- - - Rudyard Kipling, "Recessional"

Okay, we're almost there: pretty soon, it'll all be over but the second-guessing.  As we approach this year's Presidential election in the United States, I'm going to offer some predictions of what will happen on November 6 and beyond.  These predictions are not divine prophecies, because I'm not divinely inspired, and anyone (outside the Bible) who claims to be a prophet of the future is a liar.  But watch and see: these predictions will come through, right on the money, no matter who is elected or re-elected in the United States.  Ready?


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1.  On November 6, either Mitt Romney or Barack Obama will be chosen by the American people to serve (or continue to serve) as President. (As of this writing, millions of Americans have already cast their votes via absentee ballots and early voting.)  In December, the Electoral College will vote, and their votes will be counted in early January 2013.  At that point, the election will have taken place, unless it is contested in the Supreme Court.

2.  The newly elected or re-elected President will be officially inaugurated on January 20, 2013, which is a Sunday.  This may take place in a private ceremony, as the date is prescribed by the Constitution, and cannot be postponed; or he may be "inaugurated" twice: in any case, the public celebration will be held the next day, on Monday.

3. On Nov. 7, political professionals and pundits,  like Roman seers examining the entrails of a dead owl, will attempt to explain what happened the day before, and why it happened.  The winning party will heave a sigh of relief over a close election (a "squeaker," as the ancient Greek philosophers put it), or exult in a landslide; the losing party will look around for someone to blame.  The American people, whether pleased or displeased, will be glad it's over.  And God, sitting enthroned in Heaven, might yawn, if He reacts at all.  Because....

4.  God not only knew the outcome in advance, He ordained it. He removeth kings, and setteth up kings (Daniel 2:21). For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God (Romans 13:1). As Jesus said to Pontius Pilate: Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above (John 19:11).  The President inaugurated on January 20, 2013, will be God's choice for the job: just as Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and Barack Obama were.  These men were not all my choice, or yours: but they were God's.  Is this "the divine right of Presidents?"  No, it's simply a statement of God's sovereignty.  

5.  Many Christians, and many non-Christians, will have bitter recriminations and say foolish things, because they won't like the outcome of the election, or the process that led up to it.  But this is inappropriate for a genuine Christian. You're not required to like the results or the process; I often don't.   But, if you're a Christian, saved according to John 1:12, you're obliged to accept them, and act accordingly. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour (Romans 13:7). You may not like Mitt Romney or Barack Obama, and criticism is legitimate, but grumbling and cursing them is off-limits for a Christian.  God is not impressed with them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities (2 Peter 2:10). We Christians (including myself) are bad about this kind of thing.


6.  If Mitt Romney is elected President, he will not "return America to God," or "make this a Christian nation again."  America is not, and never has been, a "Christian nation." (The term itself is meaningless: there are Christian people, and Christian churches, but a "Christian nation" has never existed on the face of this earth.)   With a few happy exceptions, it was not founded by Christian men; it was founded by Deists who had a respect for (but not a belief in) the Bible.  It is unlikely that either Romney or Obama are better Christians than these men.  Certain of our basic institutions were founded on Biblical principles: for example, a tripartite government is described in Isaiah 33:22.  This nation was founded on the basis of, and for the purpose of, religious liberty: persecuted Protestants fled Catholic Europe to escape the Pope and the Anglican Church.  But as soon as they got here, the Puritans (not the Pilgrims) began setting up their own church states, just as quickly as they could, modeled after Calvin's Geneva.  They persecuted Baptists and other "dissenters" unmercifully: these are not the actions of a "Christian nation."  Those Christians who believe "the Moral Majority" or the "Christian Coalition," at the expense of the Bible are, in that area of their thinking, infidels and idolaters. God has blessed America; He is not obligated to continue blessing it.  It's not His nation: Israel is His nation.


7.  If the current President is re-elected, he may indeed succeed in turning the United States into a "European-style socialist state."  But he can only do so because God has set him up for that purpose.  God is not interested in the continued dominance of the United States of America.  God is not concerned with the welfare of the European Union or China or Japan. Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing (Isaiah 40:15).  That goes against the grain for a "proud American," but it's true, and God says it without equivocation:  All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity (Isaiah 40:17).  God loves one nation, and one nation only: the Nation of Israel, which He called out and chose to be His own.  He uses other nations to bless or persecute Israel, just as he did in the Old Testament; but those nations - - - including the United States - - - are merely His tools.


8.  Regardless of who is elected or re-elected, Americans will continue to look to Washington, D.C., for the answer to every problem.  They will do this because they've been conditioned to do so, by what Jacques Ellul called "The Political Illusion."  "Progressives" will look to Washington for the satisfaction of material needs; "conservatives" will look to Washington for the enforcement of certain moral standards.  The Christians in either group have no business doing this; we are to look to God for our answers.  God reminds us of this repeatedly: It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes (Psalm 118:9); and Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help (Psalm 146:3).  Neither Franklin D. Roosevelt nor Ronald Reagan were our saviours, nor are Mitt Romney or Barack Obama, regardless of the idolatry of some Christians and professing Christians.

9.  No matter who is elected or re-elected, there will be, historically speaking, no surprises.  There will be changes that have not taken place in this country before, but there will be nothing really unprecedented.  Nevertheless, Americans will continue to hope for "change." The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us. There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after (Ecclesiastes 1:9-11).

 10.  Regardless of who is elected or re-elected, American foreign policy will continue to "tilt"against Israel, as the diplomats say.  This is prophesied in scripture: eventually, I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city (Zechariah 14:2). No matter how much the politicians try to mollify the Jews today, they are already mandating the division of Israel among her enemies.  This will continue, no matter what candidate makes what promise.

And that's enough for one post.  Christians need to sit back, take a deep breath, and open their Bibles.  Time spent trying to "save America" is time wasted.  Either God will save America, or He will wipe her as clean as a dish; but no man or woman, Christian or non-Christian, will be able to do either.  God alone is the Author of history - - - including future history.

Enjoy the remaining days of the campaign; it's the greatest show on earth.  But if you're a Christian, for God's sake, don't take it seriously!  We know Who our King is, and He'll be here at precisely the right time.

Post updated 10.23.2012

2 comments:

  1. Amen, well written.

    Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

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  2. thanks for sharing..

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