Does God Pick Presidents?

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Abraham InetianborThe short answer is NO. What is the point of voting if God is manipulating the office with His hands, well at least this is what some are suggesting. How do you vote in or vote out someone that was put in office by God? It is very easy to take the bible out of context when we don't use the bible as its own commentary and/or dictionary. An example is Mark 9:23 - "...Everything is possible for one who believes." Some people also misinterpret Philippians 4:13 - "I can do all things." I have a 'friend' who is a professional weight lifter and body builder. He loves this verses so much that he made a t-shirt to support his claim. His claim was anyone can look as buff as he is as long as they believe. Yet, he adamantly refused to acknowledge the simple fact that we all have different physical and metabolic make up, which practically makes his claim impossible. Not to mention all the "PEDs" he uses to "stir up" those artificial muscles.

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It is biblical to pray for all worldly leaders. It is not biblical to excuse or glorify their evil deeds simply because of party affiliation. The worldly leaders who choose to give their country people the freedom to worship are not compensated with a "pass" to evil deeds. They are all humans like us in need of a savior and no, they don't have to become Christians. Christians use the Bible as our constitution (2 Timothy 3:16). God gave guidelines for Christians to select their leaders (1 Timothy 3) just as he gave guidelines to the physical Israelite on selecting their leaders (1 Samuel 16). The Israelite didn't have votes or elections when God picked their leaders. All He did was send the prophets to go pick them. As Christians with no boundary in a physical world (Galatians 3:26-29) and pilgrims on earth, we have to recognize our presence on this foreign soil called earth, while marching on to Zion. Unless you agree that God picked the good and the abusive leaders of the world, you cannot pick and choose.

I guess God refused to answer the prayers of the faithful Christians in places like Sudan or Iraq. Are we now saying that the killing and persecution that they suffer is placed on them by the physical government leader that God gave them? I'm scratching my head about those men and women in abusive relationships too; did God pick their spouse for them too? OR did He create the platform or institution of government/marriage, then gave us the freedom to fill those positions? You would agree it is the later. Freedom for a man to leave his parents to go join with his wife and become one flesh. Freedom for us to accept grace, which is the gift of the Holy Spirit and become a child of God. The freedom to choose our physical leaders with ZERO criteria from God as to their qualification. We know the leaders that matters more to Him because He made sure to give us the criteria for selection, which I mentioned above.

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Jesus said: "I will build my church." We can say for sure that the Church was created by God and those that are being saved are added to the Church. Can we say with scriptural references that those who became a member of the Church were handpicked by God and those who did not were not "picked" by God? Being the chosen ones doesn't mean we were actually handpicked. It just means that we choose to enter into the spiritual ark. Creating an institution of governing doesn't mean that God hand picked anyone to fill the seats. I dislike the fact that my Republican colleagues deeply believe that Donald Trump was put in the oval office by God. Most people actually believe that government officials are put in office by God; well, unless the government official is named Barack Obama or is a democrat. This is one of the major reason people can't stand Christianity anymore and this is why it's getting harder and tougher to preach the gospel.

Romans 13:2 - "Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted...."

  • This is the verse I hear the most from my Republican friends. So did Peter and the other apostles break this command in Acts 5 when they kindly told the government officials that they would keep preaching the truth about Jesus and not obey their command?
Matthew 19:5-6 - "...Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate."
  • This is a similar verse that I counter with. Does this mean any man that unites with a minor or a child to become one flesh, were brought together by God and no one should separate or put apart?
The two verses cited above are practically saying the same thing. The same thought of an institution being established by God. This doesn't mean anyone involved in these institution was approved or hand-picked by God Himself. And it doesn't mean that the thoughts, ideas, and behaviors of the people involved in these institutions are all approved by God. If the chart below mostly represent things that the Trump I know stood for in the past and currently stands for as of today (until he changes his ways), I wonder what God's definition of a leader really is. Yes, God does mysterious things but God is not a liar concerning His promises, hence cannot be mocked.

Abraham InetianborThe scripture is clear like daylight and we need to stop twisting the scriptures to favor us and/or our ungodly opinions. The problem is not with those willing and open to learning, rather, the big problem is with those who know or should know the truth but find a way to dance around it for the sake of personal or political gains. This topic is not a matter of opinion so speak where the Bible speaks and be silent accordingly. We need to read the Bible in context, time or place while also cross-referencing other scriptures. God created and approved the system of governing; not a particular government (Colossians 3:18-25), which includes:
  • Parents and Kids
  • Husband and Wife
  • Employer and Employee
  • Leaders and Followers, etc..
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Romans 13 says that God established governing authorities. He instituted the platform just like he did for the institution of marriage. Are we now going to say any two people in a relationship regardless of age or sexual preference were put together by God? Why not? Oh, I thought the Bible says what God has joined together....? Didn't Proverb say a good woman is from God? What's wrong with genocide? I thought the Bible says to obey the government and the laws they put in place? I'm sure you get the picture. Also, let's not get confused with Proverbs 19:14; it simply shows that it is better to marry a godly woman because all good things come from God (James 1:16-17). And no gift is bigger or could be more perfect than Jesus. So with a godly woman, the husband automatically becomes a beneficiary of the good or godly life she poses. The reverse is the case if she is ungodly.

If you believe God picked one, then he picked them all. You should have respected and talked more about respecting the office when Obama was in there. We should have supported Obama's non-biblical policies and actions the way you are rolling over to support president Trump with no scriptural backings. All women with abusive husbands should blame God for the partner He "choose" for them to abuse them. If God picked them all, then He is a partial God because there are a lot of good Christians around the world suffering in the hands of malicious leaders. Thank goodness we do not serve a partial God who did not deprive us of the freedom to choose a path - narrow or wide.
  • As people of a society, we must obey the government
  • As employees, we must obey our employers
  • As children, we must obey our parents
However, all of these obedience has to be in accordance with the scriptures, which is where "in the Lord" comes in. In the Lord meaning in accordance with God's will (Acts 5:29). Not all Democrats are going to hell and not all Republicans are going to heaven. Again, your party affiliation will not save you or send you to heaven. Enough of these unnecessary rhetoric that is dividing people because some people think their political party is the "christian party."

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