God Chooses Our Leaders
God Chooses Our Leaders
November 1, 2017
(All quotes about Luther are taken from the New York Times best seller “Martin Luther” by Eric Metaxas.)
On October 31, the world celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Martin Luther’s 95 Thesis, which was posted on a church door in Wittenberg, Germany on that day. Martin Luther was a devout Catholic monk from a prominent family. He had traveled to Rome in 1510 at age 27, walking the entire 800 miles each way. Luther was sent to Rome to discuss political differences among monasteries in his homeland of Germany. He was also seen as the brilliant protégé of a local monastery, whose visit would broaden his understanding of Christianity.
Luther believed, as was common in those days, that his deceased relatives would be spending thousands, or even millions, of years in the fires of purgatory (p. 60). While in Rome he climbed the 28 steps of the “Holy Stairs” on his knees, reciting the “Our Father” on each step. (p. 61) He left Rome believing he had delivered his beloved Grandpa Heine from purgatory. It was the Church in Rome that decided who went to purgatory, and how long they had to stay there (p. 62).
Confounding Luther even more was the rapidity with which priests celebrated mass. In some cases, the mass was rushed through in a mere nine minutes. Furthermore, priests made lewd remarks about holy subjects, and brothels were set up just to service the clergy. Luther was crestfallen at the immorality he had seen in Rome. Returning to Wittenberg from Rome, God set Luther a path of study of the scripture that would culminate in the posting of the 95 Thesis seven years later. Luther was very bright, but also bold and brash. When he knew he was right, he would not stand down. He was decidedly NOT a diplomat. But he was God’s choice to rescue corrupt Christianity from the power of hell. Both Catholic and Protestant Christianity would reform because of Luther.
Fast forward in your thinking to 21st century America. The United States badly needed a political leader who would stand against the popular culture. Consider Hollywood, spewing out not only sexual immorality and gross violence, but also demonology and perversion. The immigration system is broken. We live in a two tiered society where the rules of law applies to us common folk. But the wealthy and politically well-connected often do exactly as they please, with seemingly no consequences. Our country is founded on the principle that God created all men equal. Today we do not have equal justice under the law. Furthermore, we have seen the middle class diminish, as more people become very rich or very poor.
Therefore, the same God who raised up Martin Luther has raised up a political leader-albeit sometimes unpopular, bold and brash. I believe that God has raised up President Donald Trump to lead us as we turn back to God and right the ship of state. He has made many promises to Americans. Here is a partial list of what he has accomplished so far.
- Jobs– Unemployment hit a 16 year low in the summer, and more than 1.7 million jobs have been added since the election.
- Decrease onerous federal regulations – Down by over 300,000.
- Increase defense spending to rebuild our military power.
- Through his direction Congress has passed the Veterans Accountability Act.
- He has cancelled America’s role in the “Paris Climate Accord” (A Global Warming plan that would force America to pay billions while mega-polluters China and India pay nothing)
- Renegotiated the North America Free Trade Act, so it is fair to Americans and saves American jobs.
- Provided tax relief for all Americans, with emphasis on helping the middle class (pending).
- The stock market has gained 5 trillion dollars enriching the retirement plans 401(k)s of many middle class Americans.
We are making the point that as God raised up Martin Luther to reform His Church, He has raised up Mr. Trump to reform America. Luther was hated, reviled, and some tried to murder him. Likewise, President Trump is hated and reviled, some wish him dead and call him “unhinged.”
People need to stop hating the President!
If you are a Christian, you are enjoined by 1 Timothy 2:1,2
2 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.
Furthermore, the prophet Daniel clearly tells us that God chooses our leaders: “…know that the Most High rulers in the kingdom of man, and gives it to whomever He chooses.” Daniel 4:25B
Continuing on in Daniel Chapter 4, after seven years of humiliation, the great King Nebuchadnezzar finally realized Daniel was right, and God rules in the affairs of men
(Daniel 4:34, 35).
Nebuchadnezzar Praises God
34 And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever:
For His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
And His kingdom is from generation to generation.
35 All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing;
He does according to His will in the army of heaven
And among the inhabitants of the earth.
No one can restrain His hand
Or say to Him, “What have You done?”
The point is this: God chose President Trump, and our job is to support the President in prayer.
Contemplate these words of a famous Christian leader in America: “No President can control the economy. If they could, every President would have a strong and vibrant economy.” Question: If the President cannot control the economy, who can? It is God Himself who dictates prosperity in a nation.
Deuteronomy 8:18 New King James Version (NKJV)
18 “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
Deuteronomy 28:12 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.
Proverbs 13:21 New King James Version (NIV)
21 Trouble pursues the sinner,
but the righteous are rewarded with good things.
God is showing favor to America, and we need to appreciate it! God has called believers to pray for our leader, whoever he or she is. If we desire to please God, we must get on board with His plan, and not our own.