“The Sovereignty of God”
(A Most Necessary Attribute to Know)
The Rev. Lou Tiscione, Pastor, Weatherford Presbyterian Church (PCA)
I’ve been thinking about the Church’s response to the Marxist/Communist revolution we are currently experiencing in our nation. Understand its basis. Its root is what is called Cultural Marxism. Marxism has been used over decades to abuse people and subjugate nations under authoritarian rule. In all the social unrest we are seeing Marxists are at work. From philosophies such as the Critical Race Theory, Intersectionality to the so-called Social Justice movement a review of recent history will identify that Cultural Marxism is their motivating factor. Our nation is at a critical juncture. If the Marxists succeed, we are facing the end of the “American Way of Life”, our personal freedom will be a thing of the past.
I encourage you to study these philosophies so that you may appreciate the degree of evil which we are facing. Yet above all I pray that the Church will equip her members with the only foundation upon which hope will be secure and certain.
That foundation is God is in charge! By the plain meaning of the word, “God”, He must be in charge or He’s not God. He has ordained everything that comes to pass, yet He is not the source of evil. He works everything for good for those who love Him, those whom He has called, Romans 8:28.
Know and study God’s self-revelation. The Bible reveals God’s character. The Bible is God’s self-revelation. He has revealed His character by way of declaring His attributes. One of God’s attributes that is essential for believers to know in the midst of this assault on our culture is His sovereignty.
Years ago, a man in a church that I served was concerned about using the word “sovereignty”. He said no one understood that word anymore. My response to him was that we shouldn’t stop using words because people may not understand them. Rather our response would be more edifying if we explained the meaning of important words such as sovereignty. Sovereign means rule. God’s sovereignty, His rule is absolute. God is in charge of everything because He is sovereign. Jesus said “All authority in heaven and earth” had been given to Him, Matthew 28:18.
God not only revealed His sovereignty by declarative statements such as Matthew 28:18, but He also revealed it through historic narratives. One such timely historical narrative is recorded in Daniel 4:34-37. The human author, Daniel, a faithful worshiper of God, recorded an incident that involved a king who thought he was the be-all and the end-all. The king’s name was Nebuchadnezzar. He was a ruthless man, king of the ancient Babylonian Empire. This king had a very confusing dream about a huge tree that “a holy one from heaven” ordered to be chopped down. God empowered Daniel to interpret the dream. Daniel’s interpretation predicted that the king would be humbled until he acknowledged the one true God. The tree in the king’s dream was him.
After a time, because of the king’s pride, God drove him mad. He made him act and appear animal-like. At the time appointed by God, the king’s senses returned to him. Daniel recorded what the king said. Nebuchadnezzar said this about God, “His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom endures from generation to generation; all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and He does according to His will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay His hand or say to Him, “What have You done?”’
This radical statement was spoken by a pagan king. The king was humbled by God and caused by Him to see the truth. He declared that all creatures are under the sovereign authority of God. He rules over every man’s actions and He holds him responsible. This great and mighty ruler who thought he was a god was used by God to declare His eternal rule.
God’s sovereignty is not dependent upon man’s will to submit to His rule. God is sovereign whether or not man submits to Him. God’s rule is absolute. He is in charge regardless of whether we think He is or not! Jesus is Lord of lords and King of kings, whether we believe it or not. Arm yourself with this truth as you stand against this current assault on our way of life.