If Biden Wins, Will It Be God-Ordained?

Posted on October 13, 2020


By David Ettinger

Opening Up the Issue Again
Yeah, I’m opening up this can of worms again. Call me a pot-stirrer. Or a brat.

Back on February 6, in a blog titled, “Why Evangelicals Support President Trump,” I wrote: “I don’t believe there is anything ‘divine’ or ‘ordained’ about his being in office. I believe he came to the presidency through human circumstances, and fairly and indisputably won the 2016 election.”

Though most of you liked the blog, you objected to this particular point. In so doing, you referenced Romans 13:1: “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” Some of you added Daniel 2:21: “He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.”

Your point was that God appoints ALL rulers. I believe he raises up some and deposes some – especially those mentioned in Scripture – but every one? Do you realize there have probably been more than a million elected officials during the course of history? Has God ordained EVERY one of them? Every one?

And what about Stalin, Hitler, and numerous other monsters who have slain millions? Did God appoint them? Yes, He allowed it in His “permissive will,” but did he appoint them? To say “yes” is mechanical acceptance.

I believe the Romans 13 verses about government are general, not specific; that God has established government so that the world would run smoothly. To say God directly decides EVERY single election is unrealistic. Could President Trump have been chosen by God? Of course, but personally, I don’t believe he is “God’s anointed.”

Now, To the Question
With this in mind, if Joe Biden wins the presidency, will it have been God’s divine desire as well? And if the Democrats win the Senate, will this have been God’s divine desire?

And for that matter, were the eight-year terms of Presidents Clinton and Obama God’s will, or does His “divine choosing” of political leaders only apply to either Christian politicians, or at least those who will support Christian issues?

Just looking for consistency here.

It is my opinion that most of you are misinterpreting Romans 13:1, as mentioned above.

Anyway, what do you think of my Biden / Democrats Winning the Senate 2020 question? If this comes about, will this, in your opinion, be a case of God’s very specific will coming to pass?

(For the record, I voted early this year … for President Trump.)