Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Don't Put It On God

Sometimes I have to question the way we Christians think. We have a very subtle, self-righteous way of weaseling out of personal responsibility. We piously ask God to put in Office whom He wants to be there. Whoever ends up there is who He put there.What of the person who ends up disregarding biblical principles? What of the person who disregards all Constitutional guidelines? Did God put that person there? Did God all of a sudden just rig the whole electoral system so that that person would supernaturally be there? Didn't he give human beings freedom of choice?
    The story of Samuel and Saul in 1 Samuel 8 tells me something about God's will. There are two sides to it:   God's perfect will and His permissive will. The last sentence in the book of Judges tells us that there was no king in Israel and every man did what was right in his own eyes. They wanted a king so they could be like the rest of the world. Having God as their king wasn't sufficient. Better politics or better government would meet their needs. In asking for a king they were rejecting the God who could meet all their needs. They rejected God's perfect will. In his permissive will, He gave them what they were stubbornly asking for.
"And you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, and the LORD will not hear you in that day.” 
What they got according to the text was not a king who gives, but a king who takes from them. The key is, we have chosen for ourselves. Samuel warned them. God has ways of warning us about our choices. Then, in our defiance to His perfect will, He allows us to have what we want and lets us experience the harsh consequences of our choices. We cannot escape personal responsibility. Now we have a bunch of leaders who are taking from us. So don't put it on Him.


  1. It seems also that we would rather have a human being rule over us than to have God tell us what to do. We will eat the fruit of our desires if we do not submit to Him.

  2. This is a good post. I never thought of how leaders take from us.

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