The Election is Rigged
Today is Election Day and many Americans will spend the evening watching news of the returns with pundits assessing what they mean for the future of our country. Kristin and I plan to do the same, and as I woke up wondering how things would go, I began experiencing an unusual feeling: anxiety.
I am not normally a worrier. I usually delegate that to another member of my family who is naturally better at it. But as I went through my morning routine, I began thinking about our tense political environment, the frenetic build-up of campaign speeches and ads and the intense level of anger residing in so many hearts. Then I began to consider possible grievous outcomes – the practice of abortion becoming even more entrenched, greater celebration of gender dysphoria, continued rejection of God’s design for marriage and the loss of freedom to even articulate biblical values.
These bleak ruminations added weight to the early morning darkness as I sat on the couch to read. God met me this morning and said I need not worry (shalt not, actually) because he has rigged the election.
“The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.” (Proverbs 16:33) Pollsters and statisticians tabulate the chances of every candidate and ballot measure, but the truth is that each one is a fifty-fifty proposition and God owns the whole hundred.
“In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9) Every registered voter gets to cast a ballot, and every Christian must steward that privilege for the Lord as best they can. Whichever side gets a majority will win the right to set the course. But that’s only the view from the ground. God looks from on high. In the mystery of his sovereign grace, he is determining the course and guiding history to his intended end, even when the majority ignores him.
I will still watch the returns, but I will do so with a heart that is confident and happy in Christ.