In the days of Samuel the prophet, the people of Israel wanted a king to judge them and to fight their battles for them. They cried out, “Give us a king!” (1 Samuel 8:5-6, 19-20)
Currently, our country is considering who should hold the most powerful office in the land. The presidential election has absolutely consumed many among us. Some are sounding alarms of doom. Being informed, aware, and even active in the cultural and political landscape can be good and helpful. However, we must not lose sight of one crucial and unchanging truth: Almighty God continues to reign supreme.
Larry Arnn, in his book, The Founders’ Key, offers some helpful insight on the intricate connection between our country’s two most important documents: the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
The Constitution divides the main functions of government into three branches: legislative, executive, and judicial.
The Declaration gives the rationale for breaking away from the British Empire. God is mentioned four times in this document:
• • The Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God—here God is depicted as something like a Founder. He is the intelligence and power behind all that is done.
• • Creator—here God appears as a legislator. He makes the laws and rules by which people live together.
• • Supreme Judge of the world—obviously this marks God as a judge. He decides all cases and settles all disputes.
• • Divine Providence—here God is designated as executor who protects his people. Armies must be built and led. Lawbreakers must be caught and restrained.
Remember: No matter what…come what may this November…Almighty God will continue to uphold all of His majestic duties.
Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm! God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne. (Psalm 47:6-8)