Does God Influence Elections?

Trump and Biden voters could hardly disagree more fiercely about who must win next Tuesday. America’s presidential election is as hotly contested as it could be.

Many Christians are weighing in. There are people on both sides who say they follow Jesus. So whose side is God on? It’s a fair question.

Donald Trump has the support of many evangelicals and other religious people. He also has a lot of personal faults very contrary to Christian teaching that many people find deeply troubling.

Joe Biden is Catholic, but he supports abortion, same sex marriage and gender ideology that directly contradict biblical teachings, some of which even oppose Catholic doctrine.

There is a lot of pressure right now to get out and vote. But how do you choose? Do you try to identify the more devout man? Do you judge by issues, select who agrees with you on health care, the environment, abortion? If God does prefer a particular candidate, you don’t want to vote against him. But how do you know?

Does God influence the outcomes of elections? Does He care who assumes power over nations? Does He believe in “power of the people”?

Let’s look at the Bible for the answer. We’ll start with one scriptural truth the average voter will have a hard time accepting.

Who really chooses world leaders? Is the ballot truly the ultimate authority in American democracy?

The Prophet Daniel addressed this question. It was in a statement he made to the most powerful of world leaders in his day, Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon: “The decision is announced by messengers, the holy ones declare the verdict, so that the living may know that the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes and sets over them the lowliest of people.” (Daniel 4:17).

The Apostle Paul reiterated this truth in the New Testament, in a letter to church members in Rome, the epicenter of the mighty Roman Empire, even the world, at the time: “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans 13:1).

Yes, God does influence elections. In fact, every election, every appointment, every coronation, every revolution and coup—in every country and throughout history—God has allowed, or influenced, or orchestrated to the detail.

Ultimately, this presidential election will not be decided by battleground states or mail-in ballots: “The winner will be whom God chooses. That is a fact whether or not people believe it.”

Regarding next week’s election, several factors strongly signal it won’t be America’s left that will remove this man from office.

But it is important to understand the purpose for which God installs one ruler over another. God intervenes to ensure that His prophecies are fulfilled. He intervenes to bless and to curse, based on a people’s obedience to Him. He intervenes to ensure that events lead to His ultimate purpose, to lead all men to repentance, to the truth, and to a relationship with Him (1 Timothy 2:1-4; 2 Peter 3:9).

God certainly does not exalt men to office to encourage looking to a human being for salvation. In fact, He plainly says, “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord” (Jeremiah 17:5). Many voters are vesting messianic confidence in America’s president. However, the idea that a Trump victory would lead to a lasting American ascendancy overlooks the grievous national sins for which God is chastising America, and the prophecies of even worse punishment to come in the absence of national repentance.

Politicians make grandiose promises, contrive great plans, and frame elaborate policies, convinced of their own preeminence. Here is how the supreme Creator God describes their schemes: “Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying.” (Psalm 2:1-2)

And how does God then respond? In verse 4 it says “The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.” In verse 9-11 He says “You will break them with a rod of iron; you will dash them to pieces like pottery. Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling.”

God would shower favor and blessings on the nation that truly recognized its indebtedness to Him and set its hearts to obey Him. But when it doesn’t, His judgment is rightfully severe.

Isaiah 40:15 proclaims “Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.” Verse 17 “Before him all the nations are as nothing; they are regarded by him as worthless and less than nothing.”

Verse 23-24 “He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing. No sooner are they planted, no sooner are they own, no sooner do they take root in the ground, than he blows on them and they wither, and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.”

Such warnings put the wrangling over next week’s election in perspective. We would all be wise to heed this mighty Being who sets up and removes kings, who exalts and wrecks nations (Daniel 2:21).

Most people don’t realize it, but the gospel message of Jesus Christ was, at its heart, about this very subject. Christ announced the soon-coming destruction of all human, imperfect, ill-devised governments, to be superseded by one world-ruling kingdom under God the Father. “The time has come, He said. The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news” (Mark 1:15).

Yes, very soon God will strip all power from the kingdoms of this world. “In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.” (Daniel 2:44).

One Response to “Does God Influence Elections?”

  1. Thank you for this post. I live in Granbury, Texas, a small town, Bible belt, country folk, and proud Americans. Yesterday afternoon, a multi-church prayer service for our country was held in one of our city parks. Four pastors delivered from the podium their sermon and take on Tuesday’s election. Much of the scripture you reference above, were spoken to us in attendance. My wife and I came away with the one thing; the King is in charge and will deliver what he feels best for our country at this time. It may not be what we want, but his plan is multi-level, divine, and not challenged. Joe Biden may be a Catholic, but only when his affiliation with that church benefits him somehow. To stand with the Democrats, declare your Christianity and tout their socialistic beliefs is a slap to all Christians. Our president appears to be more sincere, but only slightly. Politics is a filthy business and those who make it their life’s work stay permanently soiled. I am 71 years old and have been through many elections in my life. This election is the greatest challenge to our Republic that we have witnessed. God help us.


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