Why Didn't God Answer Prayers to Elect Mitt Romney?This morning I read an article in Charisma Magazine online entitled, "Does Romney Loss Mean God Didn’t Answer Our Prayers?"
Many conservative Christians are distressed that Mitt Romney did not win the presidential election, especially after praying that he would. Other believers prophesied that he would win. Still others said that a vote for Obama was a vote for abortion and gay marriage.
Now that the smoke is clearing, and the reality of President Obama has been re-elected is sinking in, let me offer my response to the question: "Does Romney Loss Mean God Didn’t Answer Our Prayers?"
What does this mean? It means that God does not listen to us on matters pertaining to "times and seasons." He only listens to the "counsel of His on will." Ephesians 1:11 says, "In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His own will."
Neither President Obama, nor any other pro-choice person or supporter of gay marriage, can prevent us from preaching the gospel, dealing with promiscuity (even among believers) helping women in crisis pregnancies choose life, helping people overcome homosexuality, or stop Christians from working in our states to keep marriage between a man and a woman (as we have done in Indiana).
We should have more confidence in what God can do through us, than in politicians, who ultimately do very little on biblical issues. We wasted too much of our time, money, energy, and even some of our prayers on politics. If we become too loyal to a political party, we may lose our prophetic edge and become co-opted by a lesser agenda.
In politics, we don't vote for spiritual leaders. We vote for men and women who we think are most qualified to do THEIR job, not OUR job.
I know this seems inconceivable to some Christians, but God can use President Obama to help the country in ways that Christians cannot, such as ordering the killing of Bin Laden and scores of terrorists. By contrast, I couldn't imagine Brother Mike Huckabee being as ruthless against terrorists as President Obama (and he has been VERY lethal in this regard!) I could imagine some Christian politicians believing that intercessory prayer is all we need to deal with terrorism.
POTUS is not a spiritual office. It is an office that requires taking actions that some "righteous" people would not feel inclined to do. We're going to have to accept that civil government is not a pastoral ministry.
I believe It was to our long-term benefit that a Mormon was not elected to the highest office in the land. Having the comfort of hearing someone "say" that he is "pro-life" and "anti-gay marriage" does not solve all our problems.
"Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God." (1 Cor. 4:5)
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