People whining about the re-election of Barack Obama could learn a lesson from cartoon character Linus Van Pelt, the best friend of Charlie Brown.
In one Charlie Brown cartoon, Charlie Brown is in bed, whining about how horrible his day has been. Linus enters the room and then proceeds to remind Charlie Brown that the earth was still turning. In short, Charlie Brown had not experienced doomsday.
Well, the same is true for the USA. The re-election of Barack Obama was disappointing to some of us, but it wasn’t the beginning of the end.
The wailing and gnashing of teeth on the part of some Republicans is quite bewildering considering how often that Republicans claim that they are believers in God. Apparently, the God they believe in isn’t the same God mentioned in the first verse of the Tanakh (a.k.a. Old Testament).
In Ezra 1:1 we read the following: “In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing.”
In Exodus 4: 21 God says to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the miracles that I have put in your power. But I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go.”
Yes, the God of the book of Genesis manipulated the will of men who ruled nations. He possesses the ability and the authority to have His sovereign will done on Earth no matter who leads a nation.
The official motto of the USA is “In God We Trust”. When an election doesn’t go as you want it to, that is the time when you should act as if you believe the aforementioned motto.
Granted, not everyone believes in the existence of God. Atheists and agnostics reject the aforementioned motto, and the U.S. Constitution says that they have a right to do so. Yet, their lack of belief isn’t preventing me from having peace about the future. The outcome of an election isn’t doing so, either.
Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.