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February 6, 2008 / beidson

What Proverbs Has to Say About Super Tuesday

Before you get into an argument with friends and family over politics and candidates, remember this: “The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is vote21.jpgfrom the Lord” (Proverbs 16:33).  You may cast your vote, but the Lord “elects” the president.

How about this: “The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps” (16:9).  Similarly: “The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord” (16:1).  It is good to prayerfully and thoughtfully consider and choose candidates, but ultimately, God will put him (or her) into office.

Someone may object, “But what about this president, or that president, or this world leader, or that world leader?  What about evil, murderous rulers?  Did God put them into place?”  The answer is: “The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble” (16:4).  Or consider this: “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will” (21:1).  Sure, President Clinton may not be a favorite among conservatives, but his presidency was no accident; God knew what he was doing.

“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand” (19:21).  You can go back and forth on pros and cons until you’re blue in the face, and you can recruit as many supporters as you are able to, but in the end, it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.

This does not mean that we ought not campaign for our favorite candidate, or refrain from political activism.  What this does mean is that we ought to be able to see past Election ’08 and understand that God has always been in control, and history is a testimony that “no wisdom, no understanding, no counsel can avail against the Lord” (21:30).  We ought to vote and to do it carefully, but we must not be afraid or angry if another candidate makes into office–God is in control.  Neither should we fear any evil foreign leader who threatens America.  We must remember that we wait for a city that is to come (Heb. 13:14), when our ruler will be put into power, not by democratic election, but by the sovereign election of God.  Jesus Christ is the Chosen One who is  yet to come, and until that time, we must vote in a way that reflects this reality.

It is not a bad thing to get emotionally involved in politics, nor is it wrong to disagree with good friends about the best candidate.  But as you listen to various news sources about the candidates, do not overlook Proverbs.  Here we can find divine wisdom for every issue of our life and every day of our life, even Super Tuesday.

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