The Wicked Ruler a Judgment of God "Accordingly, (a very wicked man) should be held in the same reverence and esteem by his subjects, in so far as public obedience is concerned, in which they would hold the best of kings if he were given to them."
No matter who is elected President this fall, it is our duty to give them our complete respect, not only because we are representatives of the Christian faith and need to set an example of proper conduct, but also because Calvin is right! We get the government we deserve. Once I dismissed the idea that everything happens for a reason, but now Calvin has persuaded me with his theology of Providence. We should not carry the weight of the world on our shoulders and lay awake all night.
Life would be easier if I could totally buy into Providence. Sometimes the whole forest does have burn to the ground to bring about a rebirth of greater sustenance for the creatures that depend on it.
Today as I was mowing my lawn, I walked into a branch and cut my scalp, because I didn't see it. I am losing my sight and it used to be that I was afraid of my future, then I met our classmate Rick Watson, blind from birth. Did I meet him by chance?
Also when I look back on my journey of faith and call to ministry, I think about the sensitivity I now have because of my struggles. I know I am not unique. How has God used your difficulties for a greater good? Is Calvin right about providence, even as it applies to bad kings and presidents?