There are no elections in heaven, no lobbyists, no candidates. There is no debate about the best use of authority or the qualifications of the frontrunners. There is just the throne and the One on it. Of course, for democratically minded people focused on our human rights this is humbling and perhaps disorienting. But once we are re-oriented to the absolute authority of God, the objective certainty of his sovereignty, we realize the peaceful joy of submission. Submission is a bad word in the Western world, but it’s a good word in heaven. Elections are the exercise of power on earth, but power is not given in heaven–power simply exists in the all-powerful God. The good news is this God who has everything and needs nothing and who is beholden to no one and threatened by no one, is inherently good and merciful and benevolent and kind. Good news, because if he was evil and merciless and capricious there would be nothing we could do about it anyway. Actually, he’s more than simply good in a condescending way–he’s good in a self-sacrificing way. He displayed all that power on the cross to pay for sinners who claimed to have power and rights they didn’t have. No one elected a substitute to pay for our pitiful attempt at violent anarchy. The Sovereign God volunteered. The cross penalty wasn’t chosen by election either. No one drew straws. No one happened to pick the low number. God simply chose to save his people and welcome them into the peace of his kingdom. And for those who have been saved by such a God, no elections for the throne are wanted anyway. The Best Person is on the throne. Always has been. Always will be. Elections are laughable in heaven, and proposals for a different King are condemnable, not only because God is King, but because any other king would be a disaster. We could not want any other King but the one who saved rebels from the chaos of their own rebellion, paid his own judgment in their place, and restored them to the peace of his rule. No, indeed. No elections in heaven. Good news for those willing to receive it.
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