Super Tuesday was a rough night overall for those who favor some candidates and not others. The results were not exactly what one would have hoped, and the inevitability of one particular candidate as the party nominee began to sink in on some. However, hope springs eternal as there are some possibilities where that process could be derailed. None are particularly ideal, but you take what you can get.
Some took the night in stride however, shrugging off the results and declaring in one sense or another the often repeated phrase ‘no matter who is President, Jesus is king.’
Now do not get me wrong, that is most certainly a true statement. We need remind ourselves constantly that the Lord of heaven and earth raises up and tears down rulers according to His own will. The Lord raised up the Babylonians to punish Judah, and then raised up the Persians to punish the Babylonians for punishing Judah. In the Apocrypha, we even read that Judah made a deal with the Romans to protect them from the Greeks.
And so, while I spent much of Tuesday night muttering at my television and posting tirades on facebook, the reality is that if God wants to raise up a candidate I do not like to the office of the Presidency, than yes, my vote does not matter.
But that does not mean I am not going to drastically inconvenience myself on Saturday to get to my Kansas caucus site, nor does it mean I am going to just stay home and pray Biding Prayer on Election Day in November.
Yes, God will raise up the candidate whom He so chooses to be the next President of the United States, but notice what happened in the Old Testament when God raised up leaders and nations. The new world power did not just fall from the sky and declare itself to be in charge, rather there were people and places at work long before the new power was ever made known.
In the Apocrypha, it is literally a backroom secret alliance between Judah and Rome. In Daniel, the hand writes the news on the wall, yet there was still much maneuvering and shifting of armies all around that led up to the rise of the Persians.
What does this have to do with Super Tuesday? Or Saturday? Or any of the other primaries and caucuses to be held over the next 2 months? Yes, God will work through these means to bring about the leader that He so chooses, but it does not mean that you can stay home and piously say you will let God decide.
Romans 13 and the Large Catechism say that it is your duty as a citizen not just to pray for your leaders, but to participate as you are able and as the law allows in the governmental process.
Will God cast the ultimate ballot? Of course; but He may use you in the process.