This blog originally founded by Blogger who holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Reader Asks "For Which Countries Does God Choose the Leader
Each of us has his or her own ways of making sense of events. Because
I have spent my entire adult life studying the Bible, it should be obvious that I have found a way to make sense for me.
If anyone is interested, here is what works for me and I will use God choosing Trump as the example.
I believe that in the beginning, everything belonged to the Creator, so we say it is God’s world de jure–meaning legally. However, now its de facto--in reality. We say de facto came about when He created humans and gave them dominion over everything. (Gen 1:8,115:16 all Bible references can be found in comment section) Then he created sub elohims to help us, but they took over. So now elohims are called the "rulers of this world". (Deut 32:8 ) (Ps 82:1-8).
The way the Trump thing works is the way everything works. Amos (2:7) says "Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, unless he reveals his secret unto his servants the prophets." Because dominion is ours, human prophets are not prophets because they see the future. Human prophets cause the future.
So in a case like Trump’s, the prophets talk to God about who should win. God informs
them who He wants. Then knowing God’s will, it becomes the prophets’ job to pray in the manifestation.
In this last election, the stakes were really high. A type of moral quasi spiritual power confronted the church and its mission. For now we call it PC, but it is more than that.
PC was the churches’ fault. The church abandoned the mission Jesus gave them just before He left. Renegade elohims have caused poverty, disease, sickness, wars and all the terrible things that have destroyed God’s creation. For three years Jesus modeled the actions that demonstrate restoring God’s sovereignty. He told them to announce the sovereignty of God which looks like this: "The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. (Luke 7:22)Cast out the elohims!
But the church in the West abandoned its mission. They began doing things that were easier. So they became anaemic and irrelevant and are dying. They left themselves wide open for PC to grab the moral high ground. Perhaps if there had not been such self-righteousness and spiritual power in PC pushing the church out of the public arena, PC would not have caused alarm.
So God had to bring us a non-politician who is not intimidated by PC to protect His church. And Trump is doing it. So that is what happened, why it happened, and how it happened. Meanwhile there is no evidence that the church has learned anything. We do take comfort though in the church explosion in the emerging nations because they have it right.