Will two bone-headed ideas cost the Church a third election in a row?
By Mario Murillo
There are two ideas that are bone-headed: The idea that we are choosing the lesser of two evils in this election and the idea that we must–no matter what–submit to ruling authorities.
We must realize that there is government we are supposed obey and government we are not supposed to obey. Then we must realize that God brings judgment on evil authority–often through flawed people.
First, let’s expose the lie that we are supposed to submit to government no matter what.
Romans 13: 1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.”
No ruling authority from God is a threat to good works. They do not persecute God’s people or enact laws to ban the Gospel.
German believers abused these verses to justify their apathy about Hitler. Dietrich Bonhoeffer could not open the eyes of the German church about the horrors that were coming. In a radio address in the late 1930’s, he warned the nation that cheap grace and a false sense of submission was blinding them to what Adolf Hitler was.
That same abuse of these scriptures is used by pastors right now who refuse to speak out against the Obama agenda that—left unstopped—will destroy our nation. Hillary Clinton has vowed that she will not only continue these policies…she will increase them.
The Bible clearly defines the leadership we are supposed to obey: God’s appointed rulers are not a threat to good works. They are agents of justice who bear the sword of wrath against evil-doers.
God will work vehemently to get good rulers, but He will not force us to choose the right leader. We have to live with our choices.
Okay, here it comes one last time: The rulers that God raises up—the ones Paul is referring to in Romans 13—are not a threat to good works.
Hitler was not God’s will for Germany. He did evil and God raised the Allied army against him precisely as the word of God predicted. The Allies were God’s vehicle to bring wrath.
Nations can and do pick evil leaders. Even Israel picked an evil leader: 1 Samuel 8:6 “But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord. 7 And the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.”
King David represented many things but there is one thing that cannot be denied: He was also sent to judge and undo the damage of King Saul.
Obama was never God’s choice for America. We have the national wreckage and his acts against the righteous to prove it. Here is what do we do now: Pray and discern what God is doing.
When evil leadership reigns God begins a complicated process to reestablish justice. Human history is messy and God has chosen to work within that mess. We want story book endings but humanity is tangled in the tentacles of wickedness–that’s why it is complicated. Jehovah works in human history like a surgeon skillfully cutting around vital organs to get at the cancer. Jesus spoke of the wheat and tares having to grow together until the end—otherwise the wheat would also be lost.
Now we must see how He can use flawed people: God is working with the human gene pool. That is why the ruler God raises up to bring justice is often flawed. Daniel was probably shocked to discover that God choose to use Nebuchadnezzar.
Habakkuk was even more shocked when God said He would raise up Babylon: Habakkuk 1: 5 “Look among the nations and watch—Be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days Which you would not believe, though it were told you. 6 For indeed I am raising up the Chaldeans, A bitter and hasty nation Which marches through the breadth of the earth, To possess dwelling places that are not theirs.”
When I hear a Christian say “vote your conscience,” they often really mean “vote for the one who has no sin.” If God voted that way, the human race would have been obliterated. Then they’ll say something like “we should not pick the lesser of two evils.” How is it possible to pick an evil free human being?
Instead of asking who is without sin we should be asking where is God working?
That is exactly what Paul did: Acts 23:6 “But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question. 7 And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided. 8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both. 9 And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees’ part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.”
Jesus said that the Sadducees and Pharisees were both evil. So was Paul choosing the lesser of two evils by siding with the Pharisees? Or, was he discerning where God could work?
Instead of seeking the perfect leader we should discern who God is working with—warts and all.
The evil ruler(whom God is trying to stop) is easy to spot: they fight against Judaism, Christianity and Biblical morality. Selah.