God Is In Control. Really, He Is

I just listened to a video from various citizens of Georgia who were witnessing to problems in the 2020 election. Despite so many people who have come forward, despite clear violations of state election laws, despite numerical impossibilities, despite verified anomalies such as more votes than registered voters in some counties, any number of court cases in the “contested states” have been thrown out for one reason or another. Though any number of state representatives seem convinced that there is “something to see” in regards to election fraud, so far no one with the authority to make a difference seems interested in a real study of what happened and how to make it right.

There have been hearings before legislative committees in Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, too, all with the same result—some state legislators seem convinced, some people who listen to the testimony, as I have, are convinced that something happened. But no legal body with the authority to do anything has looked at the evidence.

That’s just the election, the latest of the twists and turns in 2020. Of course an ongoing issue in many states is the mandated “lock down” which state governors have implemented because of the increased number of people contracting the Chinese Communist Party Corona Virus.

The fight has become all about whether or not a governor can make these “temporary” mandates that last for nearly a year. The latest in California is that restaurants, which had been allowed to host outdoor dining by following a variety of protocols which required the businesses to buy appropriate equipment, such as outdoor lighting, tents, tables, all located at least six feet apart, suddenly, and without explanation, were no longer allowed outdoor dining. Couple this action with the restrictions on churches, which have now been declared unconstitutional, and government “servants” time and again being exposed as law-breakers of these very onerous laws.

Take, for instance, the incident in November when California Governor Newsom urged us on a Friday to avoid air travel, and if we did so, to self-quarantine. Then the following Monday, he and a dozen or so legislators boarded a plane and flew to Hawaii for a conference. “Rules for thee, and not for me,” is the way one YouTube critic puts it.

And of course all rules about mask wearing and social distancing were out the window during the Black Lives Matter protests and riots. Rules for thee if you don’t agree with me, I guess that one could be called.

But of course, the racial tensions of the summer are just one more area of 2020 madness. People robbing and looting and burning, all in the name of Black Lives Matter? And then the disparaging remarks and even threats against anyone saying all lives matter—as if black lives aren’t included in “all lives.” On the tail of these protests came the “de-fund the police” movement, and in cities that did so, an immediate and steep rise in crime.

But apparently, the message was really “black lives matter more.” That certainly seems to be the message of the critical race theory which seems to have found a foothold in some educational institutions. To the point that a high school boy in Nevada is suing a “tax-payer funded charter school” for “coercive, ideological indoctrination” in regard to this Marxist way of looking at people as either members of the oppressor group or the oppressed group.

And yet, I say, God is in control?

Aren’t the lists of things that tore society apart this year proof that God is NOT in control? It can feel that way. Especially when so many people were dying from the virus early on, when people who are hospitalized or are in a nursing home can have no visitors. Surely God is not behind all this.

Or is He?

Another way to ask the question is this: Is God sovereign? In other words, is He really the supreme ruler, the One ultimately in charge, the final authority? And if not God, then who? Satan? Would we ever say Satan has more authority than God? How about Mankind? You know, free will and all. But do we not have free will only because God gave it to us?

In fact, did He not say to Adam, eat whatever you want, just not this one thing which I’ve determined is not good for you. Because if it was good for him, God would surely have given it. So God, in his infinite wisdom and all knowing power, put one small restriction on Adam’s free will. Meaning, God was and is the ultimate authority, the Sovereign Who is in charge.

The patriarch Job struggled with the idea that God was in charge while terrible things happened to him and his family. Joseph may have struggled in the same way, though we have no record of it. What we do have is his great declaration that though his brothers had truly planned evil against him, and had carried it out, God took their actions and used them as a means to preserve and protect Joseph’s whole family.

James, the writer of the New Testament letter, addresses the issue, saying right from the start that believers should rejoice in trials because something greater than the trial itself would result.

Paul sums up the point in Romans, in a misunderstood verse:

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren(8:28-29)

God causes. All things. Covid, riots, election fraud. For good.

The part that too many people miss is that the good God is doing in and through all things is to bring those of us who love Him into conformity to the image of His Son.

In other words, to refine gold, to shape it into a valuable ring, there’s a lot of heat and melting and separating out the impurities and hammering and pressing into the mold so that the ring will be just right.

God does that for us as individuals and He does it for His Church. I know He did so for Israel and other nations in the past, and since He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, I suspect He still works with nations today in the same way.

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  1. You make very good points. But I must take issue with your statement that God causes all things. God allows some things, not causes them. Man’s free will choices and sin are the causes of diseases, for example. God made all things and called them, “good.” Then, Adam sinned and his sin brought death into the perfect world that God had created. God is good and therefore, I do not believe that he can cause evil, but if that is the way men choose to live, He allows it, hoping always for repentance.

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    • Great observation, vicklea. The way I should have phrased it is: God causes the good. Because you are right: He is not responsible for the evil, even when He permits it. For instance, He made it clear that Judas was responsible for his betrayal of Jesus and would suffer the consequences for it, but it was still God’s will and in His time that Jesus went to the cross as a sacrifice for sin.

      There are various verses that back up what you said.

      Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. James 1:13-15

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      Do I have any pleasure in the death of the wicked,” declares the Lord GOD, “rather than that he should turn from his ways and live? . . . For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies,” declares the Lord GOD. “Therefore, repent and live.” (Ezekiel 18:23, 32)

      Becky

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  2. Hi Becky, hope you had a great Christmas.

    Let me just educate you on your illustrious Christian leader.
    Trump first challenged the election results in 2012, continued to do so in 2016 and has now done it again in 2020.

    In 2012, when President Barack Obama was re-elected, Trump said that the election was a “total sham” and a “travesty,” while also claiming that the United States is “not a democracy.”

    “We can’t let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty. Our nation is totally divided!”

    When Trump ran to become the Republican Party nominee in 2016, he attempted to cast doubt on the election process. Trump said he did not lose the Iowa caucuses in 2016 to then candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, because he “stole it.”

    “Ted Cruz didn’t win Iowa, he stole it. That is why all of the polls were so wrong and why he got far more votes than anticipated. Bad!” Trump wrote on Twitter at the time.

    When it was clear that Clinton had lost the election and conceded victory to Trump, he didn’t stop lamenting over the election he had won. He quickly made the claim that he also won the popular vote over Clinton, which is a lie.

    “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally,” said Trump.

    The president lost the popular vote to Clinton by nearly 3 million votes, and there was no evidence of voter fraud then, just as there is no evidence of voter fraud now.

    Outgoing Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-Va.), one of the few Republicans to publicly acknowledge Biden’s victory, told Forbes in an interview that Trump’s voter fraud claims are a “massive grift” and “completely unethical,” claiming Republicans’ willingness to go along with it is “just money-making for the 2024 presidential election.”

    This is ignored by Trump’s devoted followers and the conspiracy merchants. I notice you did not mention Trump’s numerous election rally’s where instead of masks many wore their guns instead.

    Do you really believe you would be a traitor or annoy your God if you criticized Trump and the Republican supporters who were also guilty of the same things?

    Obviously to non-Christians Trump has fallen out with your God, and no wonder with the amount of lies he has told and now he is pardoning murderers. Lovely Christian man isn’t he? I would ditch him fast as he has quickly soured the Christian name.

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    • Hi, Steve, good to hear from you.

      I do want to make a few corrections: I would hardly call myself a “Trump devoted follower,” since I did not even vote for him in 2016. I do think he’s been an effective President, to my surprise, honestly. The three peace agreements he’s orchestrated in the Middle East, for instance, and pulling out of those Paris Accords which favor China so much. In fact, his standing up against China in a number of ways has been significant. Standing up to the biased press and social media, moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the judge nominations he has made, and more—all good moves.

      Still, I would hardly qualify as a devoted follower. Just a citizen who approves of some of the big changes the President has accomplished.

      On the other hand, listening to the various whistle-blowers from the various contested states, I am convinced that fraud and/or voter irregularities took place. The question remains whether the evidence for such can be convincingly made to the proper authorities in time. Here’s just one, much shorter, video I urge you to watch if you would like to be informed about an part of the complaints (otherwise you can go on believing the mainstream media propaganda if you want).

      The main thing I want to say, though, is that all the election information is not the main point of this post. I hope you understand that I believe God is in charge, so even if fraud took place and is left to stand, it’s essentially another 2020 “bad thing,” but God will use it for His purposes—perhaps for our discipline, perhaps to bring an end to this “American experiment.” He is God and can do what He wishes, what He knows to be good in the long run, not the short run we look at. Not for our comfort and ease as so many want, but for our spiritual good. That is what is most important.

      Becky

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      • Thank you for the video, I have seen plenty of them and I have no doubt that some people have committed fraud, however not so much fraud that it would sway a whole election. As the issue has gone through many court rooms and judges in 40 or more various cases we can only believe what the expert judges in law tell us, nothing to do with mainstream propaganda, just the current situation they report on. Sure these judges could be wrong but as you know I only believe what can be supported by evidence.

        Considering your comments clearly suggest that election fraud was involved, including the criticism of the mandated lock downs and the condemnation of black lives matter protesters without masks, as well without any regard to the fact that the judges appointed by Trump do not agree with him or the so called fraud, nor mention that lock downs are quite a reasonable request considering 240,000 deaths, or that the Trump supporters at every political rally also never wore masks, this makes any reader believe you are definitely a committed Trump supporter at the very least.

        To tell the truth Becky even if fraud did occur solely to get rid of Trump, I could understand that many of his own Republican party would also have been instrumental in his removal when you consider the poor leadership, the lies and the damage he has done to the country and the party.

        As far as the peace deal, both the UAE and Bahrain already were communicating with each other and engage regularly with Israel. The three countries were not locked in anything close to any political or military conflict.

        “The UAE-Israel strategic relationship was fuelled by mutual fears of Iran and formalized by the United States,” Karim Sadjadpour, a Middle East analyst at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace said “It’s an example of Trump slapping his name on a hotel that was essentially already built.”

        This is a positive development but it is a returned favour by Israel to Trump for moving the US embassy to Jerusalem. There is no indication of what Palestinians under Israeli occupation may gain from some Gulf states receiving Israeli ambassadors while it has applied for $8 billion new orders of US military hardware.

        On the Paris Accords which favours China and signed by almost every country in the world has signed. China and the US are the two biggest polluters of our planet by far and it would have been better for at least one big polluter to reduce emissions rather than none. This was a good excuse for Trump to pull out of the agreement in favour of economics and big businesses just like our PM Morrison did because both are anti-science creationists and climate change deniers.

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        • I notice you again sidestep the main point of the article in order to spout your political views, Steve. We disagree at every point, but this is not a political site, per se, apart from the ways politics and events in culture touch our spiritual lives. But I do find it ironic that you agree fraud occurred and yet seem fine with it, as if we should just ignore it and go on since it probably wasn’t enough to change the outcome of the election. That’s the very attitude that has led to this contested election, and with the use of so many mail-in ballots we are bound to see problems every election if we don’t diligently inspect what happened in this one. Also ironic that you have made such wild claims about our President. You align perfectly with the Marxists trying to take over America.

          But I will reiterate, if God wants America to fail, He has every right to oversee our collapse. We deserve His justice and He may well be using these events for His ultimate purposes, though they aren’t what we would like to see. It’s a safe place to be, actually.

          Becky

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          • The fraud I was referring too happens in every election in every country and usually is carried out by individuals or small groups such as voting twice or using a dead relatives name to cast a second vote. I do not condone any such behaviour.

            My wild claims about your president are real claims and can be supported by facts such as words recorded straight from his mouth, if you want these facts just let me know and I will accommodate your request or you can do some investigation outside of the Trump media.

            You believe the conspiracies you hear are real, and that God somehow has control of the whole thing, therefore do you believe God wanted Trump to pardon murderers and political fraudsters simply because they are Trump supporters. That is unforgivable, even for Christians who have some morals, right?

            I do not believe your country will fail but I do think it will have learnt some very harsh lessons and will become a better leader and member of the world community. I do hope you are safe from the virus and will be safe from any political mobs but I expect and hope your military will step in to prevent any bloodshed.

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