Reader Asks: If God Ordains Rulers, Why Vote?
Vol: 132 Issue: 19 Wednesday, September 19, 2012
America’s competitive edge has always been the benchmark standard against which all other nations were measured. America’s position as the richest, most competitive nation on earth was unquestioned. American economic supremacy was taken for granted like water or air; ”sound as a dollar” was an expression of supreme confidence.
America ranked seventh in overall competitiveness, according to the Global Competitiveness Index released annually by the World Economic Forum and based on an analysis of 12 “pillars” the report used to determine its rankings.
“But when it comes to the health of US finances, the report is gloomy indeed. Labelled “macroeconomic environment,” pillar three takes a look at a country’s budget deficit, its sovereign debt and the amount of money it costs to service that debt. Of the 144 countries on the list, the US is ranked 111th, behind notorious euro-zone problem children such as Spain and Italy and only a few spots ahead of bailout recipients Portugal and Cyprus. (Greece, not surprisingly, ranked dead last.)”
How did we slide so far so fast? The very next line in the document provides a clue:
“In addition, the report cited Americans’ profound mistrust of their politicians as a negative factor.”
Gee! How did that happen? It’s all ancient history now, but a trip through our archives will reveal that we’ve systematically documented the efforts, as they occurred to make everything George Bush said sound like a lie, even when, as in the case of Saddam’s arsenal, Bush had no way of knowing any more than his intelligence services did.
Recall that the Bush administration followed that of the administration that legitimized certain types of lies; (“all people lie about sex”) which followed the developing narrative that “all politicians lie” — something we now take for granted.
America already knew Obama was a serial liar (“I was never there when Rev Wright said such things”) with much to hide (since much was and remains hidden) when they elected him, and after nearly four years of Barack Obama, Eric Holder and Joe Biden, we’ve even come to expect the alleged free press to lie.
MSNBC does it all the time, shamelessly, while the “mainstream” is a bit less obvious about it. But nobody EXPECTS to hear the actual truth from the media. If you want to hear good things about Obama, and negative things about America, you turn to MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC or CNN.
If you want to hear good things about Mitt Romney, and positive things about America, you tune in to Fox. If you want to hear the truth . . . well, it is out there, but you have to do a lot of digging to find it. Mostly we just tune in to our preferred propagandist . . . and that’s the truth.
One of the hallmarks of this year’s political campaign is the noteworthy departure from any expectation of truth in advertising.
When Obama’s side gets caught in an actual, bald-faced, unmitigated lie, their apologists respond by pointing to some perceived lie by the other side and everybody agrees it’s a wash and now it’s time to move on.
“A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.” (Proverbs 17:4)
I got an angry email from a reader taking a strip off me for my alleged support for Mitt Romney for President. ”How can you support a Mormon for president and still call yourself a Christian?” the lady demanded.
That’s two questions in one sentence. Allow me to take them in order.
First, my alleged support for a Mormon for president. It isn’t entirely accurate to say that I support Mitt Romney for president so much as I am convinced by observation, logical analysis and reasoned calculation that if re-elected, Barack Obama will be the last president of these United States as we know it.
Everything he’s done so far supports that allegations made by those that have investigated his background that say it is his lifelong mission to see the United States lose its place of supremacy among the nations of the world. And as we’ve already seen, across many measures, it already has.
Although I believe we are in the last days and that the Lord is about to return, that doesn’t necessarily translate into my being eager to see the “wheels come off the bus” as a friend of mine is fond of saying. Along with everybody else, I’m ON that bus.
Call me carnal, or worldly, or whatever other name you like, but I don’t want to see the United States fall from grace and I don’t want to see her come under judgment. Neither do I want to partake in that judgment when it falls.
I know that it is due, but I am content to pray as Abraham did, that for the sake of a few righteous, He will forestall judgment a bit longer. And I am content to vote the same way without fear that I am undoing God’s will. Indeed, no matter how one votes, one is advancing God’s will.
You see, when it comes to the next leader of the country, I don’t know what God’s will actually is. For all I know, He will rapture us out of here the day after Christmas. Or something.
But God knows what God’s will is and He uses your vote to advance it.
Why should we vote when God appoints rulers? Why should we give to God’s ministries when God owns everything? Why do we put money in the church collection plate?
The answer is the same to all three questions. Because that is how God works — through His people.
Returning to the original two-part question, the answer to part one is that I am not supporting a Mormon for President, I am opposing a much more clear and evident danger, applying the same reasoning that I would apply if faced with the choice between hitting a mailbox or colliding head-on with a semi.
I am not supporting a Mormon, I am supporting the alternative to Barack Hussein Obama. It just so happens the alternative to Obama is also a Mormon. And not voting at all is tantamount to a vote for Obama.
And in any case, Romney’s credentials to be the nation’s CEO are superior to those of Obama’s by every possible standard of measurement.
“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” (Romans 13:1)
Do I think Romney will be a better president? I don’t know. What about the whole Mormon, White Horse Prophecy thing? I don’t know. Here’s what I do know.
God has used Barack Obama according to His purpose, whatever that might be. I am content to trust that God knows what He is doing. But I’m equally ok with praying that God is finished with the Obama part of the plan.
But that’s how I can cheer on Romney and still call myself a Christian.