Hey, everyone! I, even if you haven’t noticed, apologize for being gone for the past two weeks. It has definitely been one of the busiest times of my life (thus far). Fortunately, my fellow and patient writers/self-editors have been keeping the posts up to date and interesting. We have some new people coming to join the Matches soon, and I’m excited for you all to meet them!
If you don’t know, there are presidential campaigns going on right now. On the Republican side, they’ve narrowed it down from Reagan’s 12 disciples (plus some) to Donald Trump. On the Democrat side, we see Hillary Clinton beat out every-person-who-isn’t-old-enough-to-vote-yet’s favorite politician. Then, if you care, there’s Gary Johnson for the Libertarians (Sorry, Austin Peterson). It seems like they’re all we hear about… except for Gary.
And, if you’ve been to any church gathering since Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, you’ve probably heard someone talk about the direction the world is heading. It’s not uncommon to hear pastors or “church people” in the United States talk about how our country is getting worse and that we should take it back to the days of Billy Graham Crusades and new episodes of The Andy Griffith Show. Around election time, it gets even worse; we continue to talk and bicker about for whom we will vote. Conversations at church gatherings see a spike in political themes, and sermons seem to gain a political taste. It seems as if we segregate voting and politics from our Creator and the Bible.
So today, we’re going to talk a little about what the Bible has to say about the people who will run our country.
Let’s look at Romans 13:1
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
There’s A LOT in the 13th chapter of Romans. Verse 1 is no exception. So, for this week, we’re going to digest one part. We’ll move on with the rest next week.
The Bible tells us to submit to authority. Using our fleshy minds, we don’t want to do this. We want to be independent. We don’t want to lay down or listen to instruction; however, submitting is not always a bad thing. For example, look at how a wife submits to a husband, a child to a parent, or even a human to God. It’s good for those relationships but not easy. Learning to be submissive is a trait that takes time to develop into a natural state of being.
Fortunately, even though we hate it, Paul immediately tells us why we need to submit to authority. It’s because there is no authority that God hasn’t allowed to become authorities. Mussolini? Castro? Qaddafi? Stalin? Hitler? Your principal in kindergarten? Yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes.
Look at the text though. It doesn’t say that whoever our sovereign God puts there is going to be someone that does good and is nice to everyone. God can work through nasty situations.
Saying God could not have stopped Hitler is saying that Hitler is more powerful than God. If God wanted to end his life, he could have. Often, the Lord will use bad to bring out good.
Remember, just a few chapters before this, Paul writes, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).”
In relation to the 2016 election, we need to remember that whatever changes he or she will make are going to be something to which we will have to submit. “To submit,” is not a synonym for, “To agree.” Whether you think Hillary Clinton is the spawn of Satan or that Donald Trump is a racist member of the Illuminati, one of them will likely be our president. Never worry though.We must always remember that whoever is in office is being watched by he who is much greater than the president.
Personally, I’m voting for Vermin Supreme.*
*Please use caution viewing video. Statement meant to be taken jokingly; no one on Matchbox’s staff will vote for or endorses Mr. Supreme.