By Dr. Mark H. Creech
Christian Action League
November 7, 2012
I say, I still believe…
First, I still believe in the sovereignty of God. Romans 13:1 tells us, “For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God…” It is exceedingly difficult to understand why God would allow certain people, wicked as they are, to rise to power. Nonetheless, the wisdom of God is foolishness to men and the wisdom of men foolishness to God.
In our Representative Democracy we vote for our leaders, meaning that we get exactly who we deserve. It is impossible to always know the mind of God, but we know that God can bring good out of evil. But it may also mean that the leaders we get are a part of God’s judgment.
What should we do? We must be subject to the higher powers (Rom. 13:1). We must render therefore all dues, tribute to whom tribute is due, custom to whom custom, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor” (Romans 13:7).
We must pray for our leaders (I Tim. 2:1-2). We cannot simply pray against them and be Christian in our prayers, but we must pray for them. Pray that God would bless them and their families. Pray that God would give them wisdom. Pray for their safety. Pray most of all that they would realize all authority comes from God, not the voters, and that one day they will stand before him to give an account of the power that God gave them.
Second, I still believe in truth. Truth is absolute, no matter the results of this election. Truth is not subject to the decisions of an electorate. We don’t get to create our own truth. Truth is as absolute and as unchanging as the very character of God himself (Numbers 23:19; Malachi 3:6; John 14:6; James 1:17. The truth can suffer setbacks, but it can never be defeated. Truth can no more be defeated than God can be defeated.
Third, I still believe in the Cross and the Resurrection. The day Jesus was crucified, wicked forces seemed to have succeeded and all hope seemed to have died. But then came resurrection morning. Righteousness often suffers such a scenario. So though we grieve, let us not sorrow as those with no hope. Resurrection morn is coming, because our cause is righteous!!!
Lastly, there can be no assurance greater or more comforting than knowing we are a part of God’s family. I hope that is true for you. I pray that you know Christ personally as your own Savior and Lord. What difference does this make? It means that God has promised – and his promises never fail – that he works all things for the good of them that love him and are called according to his purposes (Romans 8:28).
God has a people in the world. And though he has not promised to exempt them from suffering, he is adamant in his Word that he will never leave them, nor forsake them; neither can even the gates of hell prevail against his church (Matthew 16:18).
Yes, I still believe…
And I hope that you will as well.
Addendum: I am so proud of my state, North Carolina, which got it right in 2010 and in 2014. North Carolina is a model for the country, let’s keep it up.