The Presidential election of 2016 will go down in history as one of the most vicious, ruthless, and lawless presidential elections in United States history. Despite a landslide victory among the states, many partisan political hacks simply would not accept the result of the will of the people. An effort was made to encourage the electors in the Electoral College to become Faithless Electors.
In the United States presidential elections, a Faithless Elector is a member of the United States Electoral College who does not vote for the presidential or vice-presidential candidate for whom they had pledged to vote. Good faith is broken with the candidate they were pledged to, and their vote for another candidate is given. A Faithless Elector might also simply fail to vote, or choose not to vote.
Bribes were offered to the electors in the Electoral College not to be faithful. Death threats were issued as a means of persuasion. Tens of thousands of hostile letters and emails were sent to the 538 members of the Electoral College to persuade them to either not vote, or cast a different vote for someone else other than the legitimate nominee. One former President, and the current President of the United States supported the Electoral College push, to their eternal shame and disgrace. No one should be advocating the spirit of lawlessness, especially the highest law enforcement officer in the nation.
The idea of promoting faithlessness and lawlessness in American society is disturbing. From Black Lives Matter, to the Occupy Wall Street movement, and voter fraud, from Electoral College tampering, to delegitimizing the President-elect, is alarming, but not surprising. The moral rot in American culture is well known, discussed, debated, and widely accepted. There is no legal repercussion against the liberal political pundits, the politicians, and the Hollywood elite who arrogated unto themselves the task of spreading lawlessness in society. The current Attorney General will turn blind eyes to acts of voter intimidation in order to stay politically correct, and connected. The result is that American society is in a deplorable condition. Lawlessness is presented as a civic virtue, and faithlessness is honored.
In contrast to Faithless Electors, are the Faithful Elect of God. That God has an elect people is one of the great themes of the Bible. The Hebrew word for elect is bahir, and means, “chosen”; the Greek word is ekloge, “choice,” or a “picking out”. The word elect is used to denote those selected by God for special office, work, and honor, including the honor of becoming a child of God. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” (Rom. 8:28-30)
As the elect of God, those who are to be the heirs of eternal life will be faithful. The elect of God are faithful to read the Bible. They are faithful to pray to God. They are faithful to bow before the sovereignty of Christ, for He is their LORD. The faithful elect will be careful to avoid temptation. The faithful elect will go to church. The faithful elect will persevere. As Charles Spurgeon noted with some humor, “By perseverance the snail reached the Ark.”
The Baptist Confession states, “Those whom God has accepted in the beloved, effectually called and sanctified by his Spirit, and given the precious faith of his elect unto, can neither totally nor finally fall from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere there unto the end, and be eternally saved, seeing the gifts and callings of God are without repentance, from which source he still begets and nourishes in them faith, repentance, love, joy, hope, and all the graces of the Spirit unto immortality.” (Baptist Confession of 1689: Perseverance of the Saints, Chapter 17. Paragraph 1).
In a nation that promotes and honors faithlessness, the Church has a chance to demonstrate faithfulness to the Lord Jesus Christ.