The Spiritual Darkness of Presidential Politics

Faith and Politics

To atheists and agnostics, what is said in this post will likely be meaningless. Well, so be it.

This post is addressed to those Americans who are Jews and Christians.

It is this writer’s observation that presidential elections reveal a lack of faith in the God of Israel among those people who claim to believe in him.

Why? Because, all too often, such Americans act as if God has no control over politics in general and government leaders in particular.

One should not act that way if one believes in the God of Israel and if one has studied the writings of the Tanakh/Old Testament.

Here are two verses from the Tanakh which reveal that God indeed has authority over government leaders.

Exodus 4:21: “And the Lord said 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.'”

Ezra 1:1 “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.”

These verses tell us that we should not panic if a particular person we don’t like is elected President of the USA, because God’s sovereign will shall be done no matter who lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The trouble with too many God-believing Americans is that they believe that God has relinquished his authority over people. Too many God-believing Americans adhere to the unbiblical belief that God gives every person absolute, unlimited free will.

That belief isn’t supported by the Tanak/Old Testament or by the New Testament. Instead that belief comes from an earthly philosophy that way too many religious leaders have mistaken for Scripture.

Of course, it is natural and understandable that people would ask, “If God has authority over political leaders, then why does he allow them to do bad things?”

The ways of God don’t always make sense when viewed from a Human perspective. That is where faith comes in. Do we trust that God’s sovereign will shall be done even when government leaders do things that we are opposed to?

A presidential election is no reason for God-believing Americans to enter a period of spiritual darkness. The God of Israel still has complete sovereignty over all creation. He won’t be helpless no matter which presidential contender wins in November.

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