For most of human history, transitions of power from one tribal leader, chief, or king to another has been a bloody affair. Even among God’s people, the transfer from king to another was a time of purging. In 1 Kings Chapter 2 we see Solomon ridding any threat to his court by having Benaiah kill his brother, Adonijah, David’s captain of the guards, Joab, and a dissenter of David’s whose name was Shimei. Likewise, Solomon banished the priest, Abiathar. As civilized as most historians paint the Roman Republic, almost every transition from one Emperor to another was in no way peaceful or civilized. The same has hailed true for centuries until the United States Constitution demonstrated a new way of transferring power through peaceful means.
Since the penning of that great document, we have been blessed with 45 such transitions. Although there were great divides at times during those presidential inaugurations, none have resembled the Coup d’etat of other countries past or present. We are truly blessed to have lived in such times.
We often forget the great blessings God has bestowed upon this land. The blessings of freedom, tranquility, prosperity, general welfare, and hope just to name a few. I know that there are some who may not share that sentiment and even at the time of this transition from one political force to another, will gripe, and bemoan America, the flag, the new president, the electoral college, and their fellow Americans. I don’t agree at all with their rebellion, but I do understand that their rebellion is based on fear. For when there is fear, there is a lack of faith. And where there is a lack of faith there is murmuring, bickering, moaning, lamenting, crying, tantrums and general ingratitude.
No matter what happens to this country, our faith in God should not waver. To rebel in any matter is not righteous behavior and grieves God. 1Sam. 12:15 But if you will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then the hand of the LORD will be against you and your king.
Truly the most destructive of sins is rebellion. Satan’s rebellion against God is at the heart of why we live in a world of sin and darkness. Throughout the Old Testament, rebellion against God and His commandments has been the undoing of His people (Dt.13:5; Josh. 22;16-22; 1 Sam.15:23; 1 Kings 12:19; 2 Chron.12:19; Ezra 4:19; Jer.28:16; 29:32; 33:8). In the New Testament we are told that before our Lord returns that the rebellion will come first. This rebellion is accompanied by a lawless man, a man of destruction. Notice that the three go together; rebellion, lawlessness and destruction. 2Thess. 2:3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction.
While I am writing this article, men, women and children are rebelling against the new President and Constitution of the United States. Some are protesting peacefully, and that is their protected right under that Constitution. Some are rioting, bent on destroying property and people in their way. Those that are throwing rocks, breaking windows and destroying property are like children who did not get their way, screaming, wailing and pitching a fit until they are pacified. Rebellion is an act of ingratitude, a demonstration of a lack of maturity. (you won’t see many people over 50 rioting). When a person is discontent or unhappy, going to God in prayer, asking for help and resting on His blessings is the answer. Throwing a temper tantrum is not!
Of course this country was founded on the principles of rebellion against a King. Perhaps that is why most of the signers of the Declaration of Independence died poor and broken men. I suppose there are times in which men will and must rise up against tyranny. Perhaps God will allow this country to continue and will bless us many more years with peaceful transitions. Whatever may come of this country, is in God’s hand. Let us make sure we are not in rebellion of Him.
Pro 17:11 An evil man seeks only rebellion, and a cruel messenger will be sent against him