Thideology News of the Day

SketchPadThid2Every day the news reveals new and inventive assaults by the federal government of the United States on American liberty. Elements of the government are dead set on taking over health care — regardless of the desires of the citizenry and despite the clearly documented failures of similar systems in the U.K. and Canada. But this government is busy, not quite satisfied to assault one liberty at a time. Oh no, this government has employed a multi-pronged attack. Consider…

And that’s just the two items I ran across this morning. However, there is some good news and some really good news…

The Good News

Many Americans are not taking these assaults lying down. They are rising up, proclaiming their liberty in the face of those who would tyrannize us, and refusing to quietly submit to the illegitimate “authority” of government bureaucrats.

The Really Good News

God is in control.

Take heart in knowing that the federal government will not exercise one ounce of power that God does not allow. It may yet be unpleasant — but it’s not out of God’s control. Remember, God allowed Israel to be captured by Babylon. He allowed the destruction of the Temple. But this He did for the preservation of His people. God may yet allow the destruction of the United States as we know it. He may allow tyrants to take control and rule a once free land. But He has promised to preserve His people. He has promised to save His church.

Make no mistake, God is in control. He is sovereign — a term described at monergism.com like this:

[God’s sovereignty] simply refers to the fact that all things are under His rule and control, and that nothing happens in this Universe without His direction or permission. He is a God Who works, not just some things, but all things after the counsel of His own will (see Eph. 1:11). God’s purpose is all- inclusive and is never thwarted (see Isa. 46:11). Nothing Takes Him by Surprise.

The monergism website has a lot to say about God’s sovereignty and provides this nice overview of how scripture testifies of God’s sovereignty over every aspect of life on earth:

  • God is sovereign over the entire universe: Ps 103:19; Rom 8:28; Eph 1:11
  • God is sovereign over all of nature: Ps 135:6-7; Mt 5:45; 6:25-30
  • God is sovereign over angels & Satan: Ps 103:20-21; Job 1:12
  • God is sovereign over nations: Ps 47:7-9; Dan 2:20-21; 4:34-35
  • God is sovereign over human beings: 1 Sam 2:6-7; Gal 1:15-16
  • God is sovereign over animals: Ps 104:21-30; 1 Ki 17:4-6
  • God is sovereign over “accidents”: Pr 16:33; Jon 1:7; Mt 10:29
  • God is sovereign over free acts of men: Ex 3:21; 12:25-36; Ez 7:27
  • God is sovereign over sinful acts of men and Satan: 2 Sam 24:1; 1 Chr 21:1; Gen 45:5; 50:20

What an incredible encouragement this should be.

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About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

One Response to Thideology News of the Day

  1. Andrew says:

    In the thick of turmoil and society seeming to be headed towards anarchy in many different ways, it is a comforting thing to know that God is sovereign and in control. I found Piper’s comments on God being supreme in the hurricanes and tornadoes of life comforting.

    Here in Australia, we’ll go to the wall defending our right to keep and arm bears 🙂
    Nobody’s going to mug a koala if they’re packing heat
    (sorry – couldn’t resist that terrible pun)

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