Before the last elections I had made some statements about how I thought “Christians” were to be involved more in the process of governing their nation, and as Christ ambassadors were to speak and vote for God. (Choose) But many said at the time I should really be quite, and that God alone decides who resides in all positions of authority. And quoted me this which you can touch (these) verses with cursor to read (Rom 13:1) But now read this verse carefully as written in the Amplified bible-“Let every person be loyally subject to the governing (civil) authorities. For there is no authority except from God [by His permission, His sanction], and those that exist do so by God’s appointment.”… His permission it says.
So I was thinking on this again lately, especially in light of current events, with regards to law making, and Supreme court judges interpretation of law. And it came to my mind that God gives permission to His people to do things that are not always as He desired them to be done. He allows us to go on detours to learn from them and mature to get us to His intended goal. And it is true earth is not His goal for us… As heaven is our home as the old song says.
But then I remembered when Saul became King over the Nation of God’s people, it was the people who really made the choice, as Saul was not God’s choice!(1Sam 12:13) But it’s true God anointed Saul King, but only because God “honoured the decision” made by His people, and God “allowed” them this choice, but it was not God’s choice… as the people made the choice based on their own hearts desires…but God wanted the people to trust Him as their King, and wait to be allowed to choose a man like David, a man after God’s own heart. (Acts 13:22 ) and God’s ultimate plan for mankind! (Jesus came from line of David!) And we see God actually warned them what would happen if they choose to have a earthly King, and not seek what was pleasing to God. (1Sam 8:7-9 ).
We see latter as God warned, that it did not go well for the people with their choice of Saul, as the one the people had chosen to become “their King”,( by them really rejecting their God by their choice!) (1Sam 10:19), but whom God allowed them to have, so God anointed Saul for the “office position” God had granted the people the “authority to choose”…but King Saul failed. Because Saul did not lead the people by listening to God or God’s word, even though God gave Saul a prophet (Samuel) to hear and listen too, but he rarely seeks him, or listens to him!… Samuel who spoke the “Words of God” could guide Saul for God…But for Saul’s disobedience “rebellion” to the word told Him from Samuel.(1Sam15:23) God removed Saul’s “anointing of the office” and eventually removed Saul (Killed in battle).
Even though the people had voted Saul in as the leader of “their nation”, God had only permitted them this as a detour… but the choice was made by “the choice of His people” because God allowed the people to have the authority, to see how they would “govern” themselves, “while they were waiting on their Messiah to come”, the one on whom Isaiah said the government would rest upon His shoulders! (Isaiah 9:6-7 )
But as we look back and can now see God brought them back on track to His intended plan with David (2Sam 5:1-5 ), as the “people learned”, and finally could now see for themselves, that they needed a leader in Government who was someone exactly like God himself would pick!…Someone who would honour God and His word above all else, men with integrity, and the people finally became “unified” as one nation under God…When all the elders now also voted for David to become King over Judah and not just Israel..unifying the nation again! …. David was a man who always agreed with God’s word even when he fell short personally…briefly. When he heard the Truth he humbled himself before God.
Today as I look back at this, and I see God was teaching them to govern themselves, but to govern in way’s that governing themselves would please God their master! And “we” are also to learn from this example! (Romans 15:4 ) And NOW on THIS SIDE OF CROSS “WE” are to do the same! “We” have hope! As believers in Christ, children of God and as a holy nation, (1Pet 2:9) “we” are to do the same thing as back then, “we” are to build the Kingdom of God, being light in our nation, (Psalms 18:28) everywhere our feet touch, and posses the land.(Joshua 1:3) for God to rule and reign!..that means “Govern” (and vote) as closely as we can by our agreeing with God’s word, which were told to desire things done “on earth as done in heaven”! (Mat 6:10) Because “until” Jesus returns..God only works “through His people”…His people He empowered to build His kingdom now on earth as in heaven.
So prayerfully “we” as believers should choose people for an office, (vote) as would be pleasing to God. People whom we are told to also submit too in Romans. Someone to rule over “govern” us that God would approve of, who will enforce or make laws right for God’s people, and ALL the people! For God gives only good gifts. (James 1:17) And as ( Rom 13:1 or See amplified verse above at begining) it also means, by God’s permission… we are permitted the “authority” to choose them and be pleasing to God!… Nothing has changed since the lesson of Saul and David, as God does not change! (Mal 3:6) Why give us this authrority?
We are given this authority by God to also continue to prepare “us” today for Christ’s coming! When “we” will rule and reign with Him! (Rev 20:4 ) Under His authority alone, as the Government will ALWAYS and forever rest upon His shoulders. But right now… how “you rule now” determines how much rule you’ll be rewarded to have latter “with” JESUS! (Luke 19:16-17 ) in YOUR next thousand years of life with Jesus on earth! As YOU are right NOW in God’s eyes “practising” by being His ambassadors(2Cor 5:20) “here on earth” for Him now, with the authority he left you here to expand His Kingdom …while He is seated in heaven!(Eph 2:6) And like the people of God of old, “we” are to learn to rule on earth,(Govern” because as He is so are we to be on earth! (1John 4:17). The Government rests on His shoulders…now it is to work through us…Until our Messiah returns again.
So I ask you to examine yourself, (2Cor 13:5) How have “you voted as a Christian” since YOU became old enough to vote as a Christian? Or how did you vote in last election, or did you even vote? Or did you just bury “His authority HE gave you” to be steward of for Him? Because when the “master”.. “your Lord” comes back, how you will rule with Him THEN, is determined by how “you rule” with your self governing authority NOW! That is this parable exactly, and it don’t end favourably for the one who hid it! (Luke 19:20-27 ) Don’t hide it!
God has said “ask of me” and I will give you nations! (Psalms 2:8 Amp) Hey Church…How about our nation!? Are you asking? Are you following His word like a light to your path? And how about voting like you follow Christ,and His word for people that honour God’s word… and vote like YOU expect Him to come back, because He WILL take an accounting of “you” to see how well you use His authority! (That is what the parable is saying) Your rewards when He returns depend on it…. How well you live your NEXT thousand years is determined by you right now!
The people in the old testament failed when they picked Saul, even though God allowed it and “anointed him for the office” for a season, but He was not what God desired them to pick!.. “means vote for”. But we are now equipped with the Holy Spirit and therefore we should not fail… God said He would guide us and show us things to come! ( John 16:13 ).. In this nation do you have ears to hear, and eyes to see? (Mat13: 15-16 )
I had posted some things in facebook before the last presidential elections, and said that some things could come about if we do not act like Christ’s ambassadors, and vote our bible, and use our authority to vote for someone close to what God would want. I was at that time told to be quite by some, and others said it did not matter, as God would take care of us, and He is sovereign to put in all positions of authority whom He wants, and it was not really my place to say these things it was a personal decision…Really? Still think so? (You know who you are).
So I ask you… can we please get off the detour now! And act like God’s own people, a holy nation who is being prepared to rule and reign with God when Christ returns, and start practice “governing” like we are supposed to be, like Nehemiah and Daniel did, as on this side of cross we are already given All authority in heaven and earth though Christ to live here now, and use His authority for Him over every weapon of the enemy! (Luke 10:19 ) And we are actually restored now though Christ, to what God intended in the garden, where he said multiply and rule over and “have dominion” over! (Gen 1:28) And subdue.
Start to practice now, cuz I’m sure Samuel was tired of enduring the lesson along with God’s people in His day after they were warned and still picked Saul…me too! Can we change this nation? God shows us in His word We can!..When we honour God’s word above all else. And not choosing our own way.
Practice governing now by agreeing with God as close as possible with your vote, and tell those in authority ruling now, to agree with your opinion, (your opinion is supposed to be the bible) And God has even given us email access to your congress men and women, (who make our laws of this land.) It is time to take a firm stand church! And be one nation under God… AGAIN! Jesus is still coming…and your rewards depend on what you do now with the authority given you… Choose wisely! Choose you this day whom you shall serve! (Joshua 24:15) Because if you can not rule this nation as Christ’s body, as His ambassadors… speaking for the one YOU say is YOUR true King of your life!…How shall He give you much more authority later? Like the parable said! ( Luke 19:17 )
God does not change I just showed you that, so do not be too short sighted… eternity is a long time, so is a thousand years (the millennium reign of Christ on earth!)…. And God is still preparing “us” now,(while you live on earth) as His people, His children…not just to advance His Kingdom and help others now, or prepare us to just barely make it to heaven, but for us to be prepared for living in eternity latter with Christ!
Now.. will you rule with Him..or not?…Then Choose (vote)for blessing or cursing…it is your choice(Deut 30:15-16) But Christians get to make the choice now for pleasing God…and He is watching to see if He shall reward you more… For the authority He already gave you! God wants to reign through you now on this side of the cross! It is right NOW about YOU, recognizing the authority of a Christian here!
Church of America… God’s waiting on you, do not again reject God by your choice, with your vote. God had warned His people before, and they rejected it….are you listening now? Do your ears hear? I hope so. (Hosea 4:6)
Now…Clearly follow the narrow road…stay in the light of God’s word!
Rev. Ernie Harpster Also read this as sequel to this post… http://wp.me/p44FZ5-eH