“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”
Regardless of our political party affiliation, whether here in the U.S., or abroad, I believe we ALL have our own views of the above Scripture. Our “guy” is always righteous and the other “guy” is always wicked! As you can probably imagine, it is extremely difficult to discuss politics on a religious prophecy blog. I have done my best for the past 1 1/2 years to stay away from condemning or praising Republicans or Democrats. Because, like the church we attend, I do not believe when we stand before God we will be asked whether we are Catholic, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, etc., I also don’t believe we will be asked whether we are Republican or Democrat. We WILL have to answer as to whether or not we followed the Word of God in our thoughts and actions! Unfortunately, due to the numerous problems today in this world, oftentimes caused by political leaders who do not follow what the Bible dictates, it is difficult to avoid discussing politics from an End Times perspective. But, God instructs us differently:
“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have the praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.”
I recently heard a commentator on the news say, “People vote their values”. The more I thought about it, the more I felt the Lord was leading me to examine what the Bible says about politics and human government, and more importantly, why would someone vote for people advocating a non-Biblical agenda? Perhaps, the best answer to that question is the best statement made in the entire Bible regarding this subject and is found in Psalm 1:1:
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his (God’s) law doth he meditate day and night.”
So, if the Lord takes delight in us following His Law, does it not make Biblical sense we should always vote for a candidate/party that is trying to follow His Law? Now, don’t get me wrong. As the Bible says, “All men have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23. This applies to ALL politicians and, yes to each and every one of us too!
In the full context of Biblical End Times prophecies, we are often reminded what the unbelievers of the world will be like in the Last Days. I sincerely doubt any of us who have witnessed the transformation and degradation of social morals and values over the past 20-30 years would disagree with what we see happening before our very eyes:
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men will be lovers of their own selves (selfish), covetous (jealous), boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, DESPISERS OF THOSE THAT ARE GOOD (capitals mine). Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: FROM SUCH TURN AWAY (capitals mine).”
2 Timothy 3:1-5
It would be absolutely accurate to admit we have always had people like these described above. But, have we actually seen society degrade to a point where most people could be described in this manner? After proclaiming to all what the unbelievers will be like in the Last Days, Timothy continues with the message for the rest of us:
“Preach the word; be instant in season, and out of season; REPROVE, REBUKE, EXHORT (capitals mine) with all longsuffering and doctrine.”
2 Timothy 4:2
The more I researched what is right and what is wrong with today’s human law, I noticed the Bible often refers to the “Right” and “Left”. Surprisingly, this caught my attention! More than anything else, it started me wondering why Republicans and/or conservatives are on the Right and Democrats and liberals are called the Left. They call themselves this, not me! Why are Republicans not referred to as being on the Left and Democrats on the Right? Perhaps God answered this in Ecclesiastes 10:2, “A wise man’s heart is at his right hand; but a fool’s heart at his left.” Now, I am sure if I haven’t offended you by now, I just did! But the more I looked at what the Bible says, I noticed being on the right hand of God was ALWAYS good but being on His left hand was not good. A couple more examples?
“When the Son of man (Jesus) shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and HE SHALL SEPARATE THEM ONE FROM ANOTHER (capitals mine), as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.”
“Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”
“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me. ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:”
Please, let me reiterate, I am NOT saying Republicans will go to Heaven and Democrats will go to Hell! As I stated in my previous post (Don’t condemn, but DO NOT condone either!), it is not for us to condemn anyone’s behavior. But, we are also told repeatedly to not condone sinful behavior either! If a politician gets up and submits a bill to the Congress, the American people, or to his/her political party/base that goes AGAINST the Word of God, we are told to NOT condone their behavior or proposed law! Condoning here means voting for it! It is implicit that we know enough of what the Bible says in these Last Days to accept what God says is a sin or an abomination. Read what the 2018 Republican Party Platform and the 2018 Democrat Party Platform say about what they believe is best for all of us. Then make sure you know what has been commanded of us by the Holy Bible to ATTEMPT to live a sin free life and obey what He told us. Whether it is the Ten Commandments or numerous other statements of what constitutes sin, we should be doing everything in our power while here on earth to obey His Commandments and NOT vote for sinful laws. In all transparency, lying, stealing, abortion, transgender rights, homosexuality and gay marriage, euthanasia, etc. ARE NEVER, EVER condoned by God!
Franklin Graham, in a recent interview with Todd Starnes reiterated the challenge we all have. “We need Christian legislators, we need Christian mayors, we need Christians on the city council,” he said. “I’m talking about Christians who are willing to take a stand for Biblical truth.”
To be sure, each party has their legitimate arguments with what the other party proposes. However, one area where Republicans and Democrats elites have agreed to almost unanimously for decades is in the area of globalization. Groups/agreements like the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the EU, NAFTA, IMF, Paris Climate Change, JCPOA, TPP, etc. are all areas where individual governments have voted to bring all countries into mutual agreements which is the precursor of the eventual “one world government ” of the anti-christ. Hundreds of books have been written on these ideas that support the notion if the world had a “one world government” there would be no more wars, trade disputes, poverty, etc. While the idea resonates with all who want peace, the Bible is clear ONLY Jesus Christ can bring that stability and peace to the world!
But, you know what is reassuring? The time is coming soon for His Second Coming! For the first time in history we will have a Leader that will rule for the Millennium (1,000 years) with Righteousness. “And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thundering’s, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” Revelation 19:6. In other words, the Republican and Democratic parties will not do it. Only the Part of Christ will prevail! Will we be able to turn around the sin and injustice in this world BEFORE Christ returns based on how we vote? No, we will not as the Bible is very clear how bad the world will look before He Returns! That should not stop us however, from making sure ALL know what the Bible says and that only through Faith in Him can we be able to be with Him for Eternity. Yes, seeing what is happening in the world is frustrating for all of us, Republican and Democrats combined. But ONLY through Him will the world become a better place. Now, that is comforting and we should all do as we are told to do by Jesus and that is to “…therefore, comfort one another with these words.” In Jesus ALONE do we have Hope!
May God Bless you as we await His Soon Return!