God is Sovereign

November 5
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The 2020 election has happened. We have survived the onslaught of ads, angry posts on social media, speeches, debates, flyers, and other campaign intrusions. We look forward with optimism or dread to the next four years. I don’t really know which, because I don’t know how you voted, and more importantly, because I am writing this email the day before the election.

I didn’t want to prejudice what I am about to say by knowing the election results. It’s sort of like Schrodinger’s election – we both won and lost until we know the results. It is easier to be rational and look at things in a more objective way when emotions aren’t high.

So, what is the point to be made the day before elections? The point is that God is sovereign, no matter what happened in this election.

I am a Calvinist by training and by personal belief, and one of Calvinism’s central themes is the sovereignty of God. I wholeheartedly believe in that principle, and more so the older I become. It teaches that despite what happens in our life, God reigns supreme and nothing occurs without it being part of His plan. It is a source of great comfort to me that God is in control of every aspect of our lives.

I do not know if today there are protests, riots, uncertainty about election results, general frustration, resigned acceptance, jubilation, or other feelings from Tuesday’s results. Regardless, the next four years should be interesting. While I believe that God reigns supreme, that does not release us from our responsibility. If elections did not go our way, it is up to us to continue to influence politics for the better, even if it is now much harder. That is also true if we are happy with the election results – the work is never done, because the opposition will be even more militant. Elections must be followed by diligent policy work to ensure that your values continue to be represented, no matter who sits in the White House or our North Dakota Legislature.

That is where Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota® comes in. We advocate for your biblical beliefs at the state and national levels, regardless who is in office. There are always those who stand against the Christian foundation our country was built upon, and it is our duty to protect that foundation. We will be there when you can’t be. We will help advance bills and policies that uphold your beliefs. We will boldly state the truth when others “sling arrows” at us. We will be there to ensure that North Dakota remains a state where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.

I will leave you with this. As you know, my father was a pastor, and he had one sermon where he quoted part of a poem that spoke volumes to me about how we need to look at life. Years after he retired, I put the poem into a frame with a picture of a loom and gave it to him. Now that he has passed, that frame hangs in our living room – a reminder of God’s sovereignty and the need for our unrelenting trust in His plan. It goes like this.

My life is but a weaving
Between my Lord and me;
I cannot choose the colors
He worketh steadily.

Oft times He weaveth sorrow
And I, in foolish pride,
Forget He sees the upper,
And I the underside.

Not til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly,
Shall God unroll the canvas
And explain the reason why.

The dark threads are as needful
In the Weaver’s skillful hand,
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.

Have faith my fellow Christian. God is sovereign and what happened on Tuesday was part of His choosing. For what may seem better or worse, He holds our future and weaves the threads of our lives into a beautiful tapestry that perfectly fits His plan.

For His glory alone,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director