Daniel 2:19-22 – “Then Daniel praised the God of heaven 20and said:
“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. 21He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. 22He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.” NIV
I continue to be amazed at how many Christians and preachers seem to have adopted a theology, mentality, mindset, or ideology that relegates God to “absenteeism.” I have had some tell me that God does not involve himself in political matters. I will concede that God will not arbitrarily impose on us His will. I sometimes wish that He did, but God gives us choices and out of those choices we reach our destination. When Israel went to the prophet Samuel requesting and even demanding a “king” like all the other nations, Samuel approached God and the response of God is interesting. God did not say, “NO!” He said to the prophet, “Listen to all the people are saying to you; it is not you, they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.” He went on to warn, “…let them know what the king who will reign over them will claim his rights.” (I Samuel 1:6-9). God let them choose with a warning of the wrongness of their desire.
We seem to have adopted a mentality in America that churches, pastors, and religious organizations are prohibited from speaking out publicly on matters political. I have resisted making political comments in a devotional but feel it imperative that I speak on this matter and call attention to the fallacy of this mentality. This was a move designed and engineered by those who oppose the things of God and America as the Free Constitutional Republic the Founding Fathers envisioned and established. The devil knows, only too well, that if he can cause the church to be silent he can impose his will on the nation, and restrict the church in its ministry and efforts in the world. That is tragic! We need to be reminded of the attitude of the disciples when incarcerated for speaking publicly in the name of Jesus. Their preaching affected the political structure, the daily lives, and the spiritual lives of their nation. Those in power, demanded they cease and suggested it was prohibited. Their response was, “…whom shall we obey, God or man?” That is the choice we face today!
If God is an ‘Absentee Landlord’ not interested or involved in the totality of our lives, He is not the God of the Bible. God is also not an “Arbitrary Landlord” imposing His will on us in everything. Before you chasten me thinking I am not recognizing and honoring the sovereignty of God, consider the words of Peter in 2 Peter 3 when he reminds us that God is not willing that any should perish, but sadly we know that not everyone is going to be saved. Some do not accept the call and receive the Grace of God. Remember Joshua’s challenge to the nation asking them, “Choose you this day whom you will serve.” Jesus said, “Come unto me all who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest.” What happens to those who reject that invitation? They remain weary and heavy laden and do not find rest. Remember the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve rebelled in disobedience eating of the Fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. They had a choice, obey or disobey.
Some would argue that they had no choice, but if they had no choice then what they did was not sin but simply operating as a puppet in the hands of an Arbitrary Landlord of the Universe. What is my point? Simply, that we, the pastors, preacher, churches, and Christians are charged to be ‘Watchmen on the Wall’ and when we see danger coming to ‘sound the alarm.’ That means, ANYTIME, and ANYWHERE, regarding ANYTHING. If we know to do good and do not do it, God considers it sin and sin separates.
May God encourage your heart and inspire you with boldness to proclaim His truth everywhere regarding everything! Blessings!