The God Factor

By Ed Merrick

Ever since the presidential election on November 6, the talking heads and pundits have been dissecting the reasons why Romney lost and Obama won.  After all, hadn’t Obama been the worst president since Jimmy Carter, perhaps the worst ever?  Hadn’t everyone seen the broken promises and the inept handling of so many situations critical to America’s  well being?  Hadn’t they seen the record setting unemployment figures and the soaring gas and food prices?  Hadn’t they seen socialism  creeping into nearly every aspect of our lives?  The Benghazi cover-up?  The Mexican gun running cover-up?  His support of the homosexual movement including gay marriage? We’ve seen far less important single incidents and issues put  better men out of the race. 


Why weren’t these enough to tip the scales in favor of Romney who advocated less government, cutting the deficit, cutting spending, a stronger military, strong moral and family values, etc.  I won’t even try to list the reasons.  There are many reasons and there is no simple political answer to the question. If you have been engaged at all, you’ve seen or heard them. 


What you haven’t seen, at least in the mainstream media, is any mention of God’s influence in the election outcomes, nor would you expect to in today’s politically correct culture, but I am convinced that it is the God factor rather than any of the above, or others, that resulted in the election outcome. 


God says in Dan. 2:21 “… that he removes kings and he raises up kings”.  And he uses them to accomplish his purposes---good or bad---to punish his people or to deliver his people. 


What I am suggesting is that it is part of God’s judgment of America to give us just what we asked for, much as he did Israel when they first demanded a king and he gave them Saul.  God told Samuel, “…they are not rejecting you, they are rejecting me”.       


In II Chron. 7:14, God makes a conditional promise to his people that IF they would humble themselves and pray and seek his face and turn from their wicked ways, THEN he would hear from heaven, forgive their sins and heal their land. 


This same promise applies today, but in spite of the calls for prayers before the election, there was no great awakening---not even a small one.  If we don’t do the if, then we don’t get the then. 


Many read this verse wrong.  They think it calls for a national revival, but notice the first three words---if my people.  God doesn’t call on the  pimps, prostitutes and politicians to repent and call on his name (although this would be great), but my people. 


This places the election results and the future of America squarely in the hands of God’s people.  Scary isn’t it?  And if God’s people in America don’t wake up soon and call on his name, “we ain’t seen nothin yet”.


I firmly believe that Hurricane Sandy that hit the northeast and the winter storm that followed were a warning from God.  to do the things of II Chron. 7:14 or face further judgment.


Repent and pray for yourself then pray for America. 


Ed Merrick