As this teaching is emailed out to believers across the country, the nation is in the throws of trying to decide the winner of our national elections. For certain, it has been a “nail-biter” for most of its citizens to observe. In this teaching, Dr. Don G. Pickney unveils what a scriptural approach should be as we await the final outcomes. Below, you will find the outline of this important teaching which will also be available on our website homepage at the “TypedSermons” icon.
When our great nation was founded, our national fathers proposed a nation, and according to abundance of historical documents, prayerfully thought out the details of how the United States would be governed. They asked God’s blessing by permitting them to establish a government that would not be ruled by a king or sovereign, rather “a Government of the people, by the people, and for the people,” as summarized by Abraham Lincoln’s great Gettysburg Address. Our founding leaders left it to each individual state henceforth, to determine by majority vote exactly what kind of nation might endure over time.
A nation ruled by the individual vote of each citizen would ultimately be what God allowed to be instituted. In other words, the nation would be the culmination of the voice of the majority of its citizens, according to the Constitution on a State by State basis, be it good or bad (in modern terms, liberal progressives or conservative Christians). It is hard for some Christians to fathom that God allows people to choose bad behavior. Some say that God will simply “wipe out the bad sorts” to protect the good ones. But that is not scripturally correct. When Israel wanted a King to rule over them, God said “No, I will be your sovereign.” But Israel persisted, “But God, we want to appoint a king to rule over us, and organize an army, with our King to lead us out into battle.” God response was, “But you do not need to fight battles, I will be your safety, and I will fight your battles for you.” Nevertheless Israel refused God’s offer, and therefore God appointed them a King. However, on the day he did so, He called for Samuel to lift his hands to heaven and call for a plague of hail to destroy all the crops ready for harvest in Israel to show His disapproval. Still, though, God let them have what they wanted, and the future of Israel rocked back and forth from bad to good, depending on the particular King that ruled.
It would’ve been convenient for the Christian conservative community if our forefathers might have added, “A Government of the ‘righteous” people, by the ‘righteous’ people, and for the ‘righteous’ people,” but they didn’t! So now, we live in a land governed as was permitted by God to be set up. We cannot now, in the midst of things that we as Christians do not like, suddenly decide we don’t want a nation governed “of the people, by the people, for the people,” any longer. We want God to overthrow the government chosen, and step in and “jimmy” the process by changing the outcome of our election because it does not appear best for our Christian agenda.
Pastor Don shows us by the scriptures that the idea that God will run our nation is not biblically sound. The idea that Christians are dependent on our national leaders for us to be blessed, and live out our lives dictated by their morals, is far from the truth. AS BELIEVERS, WE ARE BLESSED – COMING IN… GOING OUT… IN THE CITY… IN THE FIELD… IN THE BASKET… IN THE STORE! THAT ONE THING IS SETTLED IN GOD’S WORD! THE BLESSING IS UPON US!
It is important to remember, we are “citizens of two worlds,” therefore, we have our “civic duty” and our “spiritual duty,” and they are distinctly separate from each other. Civic patriotism must not be confused with the Church and the Kingdom of God (that is within us)/ To mix and mingle them leads to error. How then are we to approach this national election? Get ready for sound biblical instruction and encouragement in this important teaching