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Sidney Powell claims she has obtained extraordinary evidence about election fraud that will rock the people of the United States. She will “release the Kraken,” she said, and “Expose every one of them.” She maintained that, upon seeing that evidence, she would have been criminally negligent not to bring it forth. Attorney Lin Wood has verified what Ms. Powell has said. They are either lying, misled, misinformed, or telling the truth.

The citizens of the United States, one would surely think, want to know with certainty who won this election. They want to know—or should—the truth of whether the election system in this country is corrupt or not, and if the votes were counted fairly. If we cannot trust that our elections are free from corruption, we are sailing into dangerous, tumultuous waters. Secure elections are the foundation of what we are as a democratic republic.

It may be that our country and government are under attack from within and, perhaps, from without. In that, we are not unique in the history of the world. What happens when one’s country is in danger of attack? When such assaults occur, we hope that our national defenses will be able to defeat the enemy. We desire safety. Peace. Stability.  How should we respond to insure that?

We get many accounts in the Old Testament of how God’s people responded when they were under threat of war. It makes sense to us, for example, that Israel would rally behind David when he was attacking the Philistines, who were a constant menace. But they, like us, would have had to walk a tightrope between trusting in their leader and the Lord. God made it clear in the Old Testament whom they should trust in such threatening situations. “Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation” (Psalm 146:3).1 Let’s be honest and admit that it would be a challenge not to put our trust in a leader when there is a massive army marching toward our city. “President! Send the army and defend us!”

Let’s look at Joshua and the people of Israel entering the Land of Promise. It was enemy territory. Jericho with its enormous walls loomed ahead. Israel did not know if or when they would be attacked. One day when he was out and about, Joshua encountered an individual with a sword in his hand. Joshua asked a logical question. “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?” (Joshua 5:13b). Joshua was probably thinking, “This fellow looks like he’s ready to fight. Should I draw my sword, too?” Joshua expected a binary answer from this warrior. After all, when you are in danger of attack, one must know if the one before you is for you or against you.

The man said, “No; but I am the commander of the army of the LORD. Now I have come” (Joshua 5:14a).

Interesting answer, is it not? The man rejected Joshua’s premise outright. “Are you on our side or on the side our enemy?”

“No.”

The man’s explanation: “I am commander of the army of the Lord. Now I have come.” In other words, “I am here, ready to fight, and I will. I command Yahweh’s army.” However, this heavenly warrior’s words imply this: “I will bring victory to glorify God and accomplish His purpose.”

Immediately, Joshua hit the dirt. He knew He was in the presence of God. But Joshua, the leader of Israel’s army, wanted to know what he should do next. The answer: “Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy” (Joshua 5:15).

That, apparently, was Jesus’ number one priority for this leader of Israel. God is holy. God is sovereign.

Joshua, you are not.

What lesson shall we take from this?

It is not wrong to hope that one’s government will defeat its enemies, whether foreign or domestic. But there is a tension between putting one’s trust in officials—in our case, attorneys and judges—and in our Savior and King. Everyone wants fair and trustworthy elections. No one wants our system of voting to be corrupted by an evil adversary attacking us. Whose side is God on in all of this?

No.

1All Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.  

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