God’s Sovereignty, Human Responsibility and Democracy

Greg Strand – November 7, 2012 5 Comments

Today is the day after all the national elections. Some will be elated; others will be disappointed; yet others will be apathetic.

As Christians, how do we approach this? How should we understand this? How do we balance living life in this fallen world faithfully while knowing we are heavenly citizens (Phil. 3:20)? How do we live faithfully under an earthly president, all the while knowing we live joyfully under the sovereignty God?

At the end of the day, we must remember and submit to and trust in our good and sovereign God! Marvin Olasky (“Decision Time,” World 27/22 (November 3, 2012), 42-44) captured this reality well.

Sinful humans with all our quirks will decide who controls the White House and Congress. But under a sovereign God, the election is no crapshoot.

With fear and trembling we can report that all of them [those elected to serve in political office] depend on fallen and sinful individuals, with all the quirky reasoning at our command, marking ballots. The consolation in all this is not a little cross on paper but the wooden cross on a hill 2,000 years ago, and the knowledge that Christ died for us in our arrogance and folly and evil inclinations. Faith in democracy, the Founders, and even America itself is insufficient. We need faith in God.

Greg Strand


Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

5 responses to God’s Sovereignty, Human Responsibility and Democracy

  1. Good reminder as I prepare to “lead” today… thanks

  2. An important reminder for all. Thanks Greg. God is still on the throne. He is not wringing His hands in worry. Rather His arm is still strong to save!

  3. Thank you for your comments, Jeff and Randal. Here is what I shared with some this morning:

    This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it (Ps. 118:24)!

    We rejoice that God is the sovereign one who remains on His throne and that He is providentially working out His plan, which is for His glory and our good. Though we wonder about the moral direction our country is heading, we trust in our good and sovereign God.

  4. Well said, Dad!

    • It is great to hear from you Elyssa! As your dad, I am encouraged to know you are reading good material, besides all that you are reading at UU!

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