Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Leader God Wants for Us

There's been a lot of talk of late about God's will and American leadership, as one person and then another suggests that the Creator of the Universe desires a certain person to be President.
Honestly, I think they are likely correct, but my agreement comes with a significant caveat.
Saying "God wants this person to lead our nation" or "God wants that person to rule our country" does not necessarily mean it's a good thing for the nation or country in question. Even a modest level of *cough* "Biblical literacy" would teach one that.

Take, say, this pungent bit of the divine will from the prophet Isaiah:

6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I; send me!" 
6:9 And he said, "Go and say to this people: 'Keep listening, but do not comprehend; keep looking, but do not understand.' 6:10 Make the mind of this people dull, and stop their ears, and shut their eyes, so that they may not look with their eyes, and listen with their ears, and comprehend with their minds, and turn and be healed."  6:11 Then I said, "How long, O Lord?" And he said: "Until cities lie waste without inhabitant, and houses without people, and the land is utterly desolate;  6:12 until the LORD sends everyone far away, and vast is the emptiness in the midst of the land.  6:13 Even if a tenth part remain in it, it will be burned again, like a terebinth or an oak whose stump remains standing when it is felled.

For a morally decadent nation where grace is forgotten, truth is meaningless, wealth is worshiped, creation is ravaged, and justice is mocked, I don't think we should be quite so eager for the leader that God wills for us.

Because the I Am That I Am is perfectly willing to punish a people with the leader they deserve.  I mean, seriously.

It's almost like American Christians don't really read their Bibles.