Does God involve Himself in the selection of political leaders including the President of the United States?
Every human organization rises and falls on the quality of its leadership. Nations rise and fall on their heads of State. If the CEO is effective, corporations prosper. If he or she is ineffective they go bankrupt. Coaches make or break Athletic teams. In the same way, the godliness, power, and influence of the Church rise and fall on the drive, example, and gifts of its leaders. Leadership is God’s gift to his people.
The Bible records that Nebuchadnezzar, a powerful ruler over the Babylonian Empire 500 years before Christ, received a vision from God. The prophet Daniel interpreted this dream. Daniel explained that God gave Nebuchadnezzar this vision “… in order that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the lowest of men” (Daniel 4:17).
As implied in Daniel’s words, Nebuchadnezzar was not a nice man. He threw people alive into hot furnaces if they didn’t bow to his idol. He threatened all of his advisors with mass murder if they didn’t interpret his dream.
America has never experienced such a violent ruler. Yet, the Bible clearly shows that at times God will place really bad leaders in positions of great power for the explicit purpose of fulfilling His plans.
This was certainly true of the Pharaoh of the Exodus whose heart God hardened time after time until Egypt was humbled for its evil treatment of God’s people, Israel. God sent Moses to tell Pharaoh: “…indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth” (Exodus 9:16).
God has also been directly involved in elevating individuals to very prominent positions on other occasions. He inspired the prophet Isaiah to announce far in advance the rise to power of Cyrus the Great to fulfill His purpose (Isaiah 45:1). It was a century and half later when God gave Cyrus power over the Persian Empire.
Cyrus acknowledged God’s purpose for his life by sending a royal proclamation throughout his empire: “All the kingdoms of the earth the Lord God of heaven has given me. And He has commanded me to build Him a house at Jerusalem which is in Judah. Who is among you of all His people? May the Lord his God be with him, and let him go up!” (2 Chronicles 36:23).
Students of Bible prophecy also know that in the last days God will even allow a religious figure called “the man of sin” to be empowered by Satan. Through skillful deception this man will pretend to be God and deceive many into worshipping him (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12).
I don’t know how this election will go, but this I know… God is in control.
Joseph R. Menslage
Fort Bend Christian Magazine