Before Christ was born, ancient prophets in the western hemisphere testified that our country’s government would be established by the hand of God. Our founding fathers worked hard, sometimes debated vigorously, and voted according to their conscience on great and small matters to establish the Constitution, fulfilling prophecy. Using the rights and privileges in the Constitution, the citizens of that day elected our first president. Looking back, we can see the hand of God placing George Washington in a position where he could be elected as our nation’s president — by the choice of the people.
In Joshua 24:15 we read “chose you this day whom ye will serve.” Choice and accountability are a manifestation of God’s love for his children. Our Father in Heaven gives us inspiration through the Holy Ghost so we can choose wisely in matters associated with our mortal lives. We show our love for our Heavenly Father by following the inspiration he gives us.
Speaking of governmental leaders, Paul the Apostle counsels us to pray “For ... all that are in authority” (1 Timothy 2:2), and to “be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates” (Titus 3:1).
The day will come when Christ will personally reign forever and ever on this earth (Revelations 11:15). That day is not yet. Until Christ comes, people of faith must work together to place God-fearing men and women in positions where we can elect them to public office.
Sidney Kooyman, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Anniston
All authority is given by God
Yes. God is the sovereign of all creation. He directs the destiny of every nation through his providence. He raises nations to power and he brings them to demise. This is what it means to be God!
Paul specifically points to God’s control over who leads nations in Romans 13:1-7: “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good.”
This passage makes it clear that all authority is given by God (1b), we are to submit to authority (1a), and government officials are God’s servants for his purposes (4). Even in situations where rulers act in repressive and evil ways, they are only allowed to perpetrate their plans if God allows. All national leadership is instituted for God’s purposes and his ultimate glory.
Carlton Weathers,17th Street Missionary Baptist Church, Anniston