“God’s in His heaven –
All’s right with the world!”
From a divine perspective, based on gospel principles, there are some familiar but valuable lessons from the 2022 Midterm Elections in Ameica which Christians can consider.
First, there is enough fodder to feed the pessimist, or the optimist.
Those who see America in moral and spiritual decline moving towards Armageddon, will not be disappointed. The election results confirm to the pessimist the best days in America can only be found in past generations. The nation cannot and will not survived for very long. The world is coming to an end soon. The hour hands on the Doom’s Day Clock, located inside the lobby of the Bulletin offices at the University of Chicago, should be moved closer to the end of time. It is 100 seconds before midnight and then the world will be destroyed by the COVID pandemic and nuclear war because our country is being led by a president, congressmen, and state governors who are, to put it pointedly from the Latin, non compos mentis meaning, “of unsound mind.”
Those who are optimistic can find some comfort in the 2022 Midterm elections, especially if they live a Red State where common sense, and patriotism still exist, and unborn babies are protected. The little ones also have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In Red States the children can enjoy these Constitutional rights, and more, if they survive being murdered by unloving women, doctors without mercy, and a government without a conscience.
The optimist can rejoice the GOP has retaken the House in order to arrest the madness of WOKE legislation that weakens the military, and promotes national division, rooted in the misguided ideologies of diversity, racism, and trans-genderism. The optimist will suggest the hands on the symbolic Doomsday Clock, created by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists as an indicator of the world’s susceptibility to apocalypse, should be moved back. Since 1947 the clock face has been announcing the likelihood of man-made annihilation. Enough years have passed to temper the rhetoric and assure people, the world is not coming to an end.
Second, man cannot destroy mankind.
Two thousand years ago Jesus said wheat and tares will grow together until the Lord God omnipotent decides to bring human history to an end (Matt. 13:24-30). At the end of this age, the eternal age will begin with a new heaven and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness (Rev. 21:1).
It is only the arrogance of individuals that produces the belief mankind can destroy what it did not create and cannot unilaterally control. The essence of Climate Change advocates, and nuclear alarmist, is a misguided belief that humanity can destroy itself. It cannot. God has made a Covenant with every living creature, and the earth in general. God has ordained that humanity be fruitful and multiply (Gen. 9:8-17). The Covenant of God is confirmed by the rainbow. For those who like to look for signs in the sky, look to the rainbow and be encouraged. Life will continue until the Second Advent of Jesus Christ.
Third, God’s people should look to the promises of the Lord, not political pundits, or modern oracles now known as pollsters.
There are two groups of people in American society engaged in divination.
One group is religious. Some followers are called Dispensationalists. There are extreme Dispensationalists constantly looking for signs of the time and making predictions, or suggesting scenarios of future events, that do not come true.
The other group is political. The practitioners in this group are called Pollsters. These are individuals who conduct and analyze opinion polls, and then convey the impression they can discern the future, the outcome of elections, or where the nation is heading.
Together, these two groups continue the ancient practice of divination, with equally disaster results, while dashing the hopes and dreams of those who look to them for guidance.
The word divination comes from the Latin, divinare, meaning “to foresee”. Because only God can foresee the future, He has forbidden people to practice divination to uncover hidden knowledge. To do practice political or religious acts of divination is a form of rebellion, which is sin (1 Samuel 15:23).
Divination is associated with the occult and involves fortune-telling, or soothsaying. The spirit of the Greek Oracles of Delphi (spanning the 6th and 4th centuries BC) finds new life in modern day religious and political prognosticators who pretend they can predict the future, only to be found foolish.
For many years, Dispensationalist have been setting dates for the world to come to an end, or for the Battle of Armageddon to take place.
For months Pollsters have been predicting a Red Wave to sweep over America and take back the House of Representatives and the Senate.
When each group is wrong, no apologies are offered. No cessation of their work is considered. They just move on to the next false hope and lie.
If there is a lesson to be learned from Dispensational Prophetic experts who tell us what will happen next, and Political Pundits, who tell us the state of society, it is they are not to be trusted.
The hope of a people is to be in the Lord, and in His promises and principles. Therein is righteousness. It is righteousness that will exalt a nation, but it is sin, such as the sin of religious or political divination, that is a disgrace to any people (Prov. 13:34).
The Church is to live by faith, and not by sight, for the secret things belong to God (Deut. 29:29).
Fourth, what a people sow, they will reap. If America would survive, and not be swept into the dustbin of history like so many other great civilizations, then the culture must change.
A nation that has sown the seeds of legally slaughtering the unborn, shall reap the result of a lost generation.
In Montana, not only are the unborn killed, but, according to a recent state decision, November 2022, those infants who survive an abortion attempt, and are born alive can still be put to death. There is no government mandate to help the struggling baby live.
In Canada, assisted suicide is encouraged. The right to die with dignity becomes the duty to die in order not to be a burden on others. Once more, the children are targeted.
Recently, the Canadian Parliament calmly discussed whether disabled children could be euthanized by doctors. As reported by Yuan Yi Zhu in The Telegraph (Nov. 14, 2022), “The representative of the medical regulator spoke in a straightforward, unemotional voice, as though his statements were self-evidently true. Sick children between the ages of 14 and 17, he told the parliamentary committee, should be allowed to choose to commit suicide with medical assistance.”
A nation that has sown the seeds of recreational narcotics, shall repeat the whirlwind of national addiction. One of the most powerful drugs is fentanyl, which is in great demand in America. “Drug overdoses kill more Americans than car crashes, gunshots, or AIDS at its peak. But it is no longer just a crisis of prescription pills or heroin. It is a crisis of fentanyl. Deaths involving it and other synthetic opioids have surged from around 3,000 in 2013 to more than 30,000 in 2018” (Essay, RAND RR REVIEW, January 13, 2020).
A nation that has sown non-civility and non-courtesy in dialogue, and discussion, shall find itself without a coherent vocabulary to communicate. Communication will be conveyed by profane words, or in silly forms of symbolism. The excessive use of vulgarity and emojis is a good start in losing intelligent conversation.
While it is true, a nation will sow what it reaps, it is also true God is longsuffering. There are many souls for whom Christ has died that God has decreed shall be saved. And so, the ages roll by. One election follows another as God gathers His people to Himself. Herein is hope for a brighter today, and a better tomorrow.