Who’s Really In Charge?

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The king's heart is [like] channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes. Proverbs 21:1

When Richard Nixon resigned the office of the president on August 8, 1974, his successor Gerald Ford called it the end of a “long national nightmare.” The Watergate scandal had eroded trust in both the president, specifically, and high-level government in general. In many ways, that trust has never quite been regained, and the public has a deeper mistrust of elected government officials than ever.

During times of political turmoil, remember that God is still in control. No ruler takes charge without His permission. God’s orchestration of authority doesn’t mean He approves of what people do with the power He allows them to exercise. As Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar, “He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men and knowledge to men of understanding” (Daniel 2:21).

Your political role as a believer is to stay involved, especially when it would be easier to check out and wait for Jesus to return. You submit to governing authorities because you’re really submitting to God’s sovereignty (Romans 13), but you need to know the issue and exercise the privilege of voting. Biblical values matter most, not a person or a party. And if God leads you to run for office, pray hard about it—you could be the man for such a season as this.

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