God Appointed Joe Biden President
Two weeks ago, I addressed the topic of God’s sovereignty in relation to the current state of our country. I’d like to extend that discussion a bit to discuss the theological reason why Joe Biden is president. Notice that the scope of this question is specific to God. I am not asking the question from a non-theological perspective. There are, I imagine, millions of non-theological reasons why Biden is president. I’m not interested in those. I want to investigate how Christians should theologically understand Biden’s appointment as president.
To put it succinctly: Biden is president because God made him president. Biden’s presidency is God’s doing. The Bible is clear on this. Speaking of political rulers, Paul says in Romans13:1, “There is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” This verse doesn’t need a terrible amount of explanation. God institutes political leaders. They are there by God’s decree.
A potential objection to this arises when we consider evil leaders. The objection might go, “God appoints good leaders, not bad ones.” That objection doesn’t work. Notice how John discusses the authority of “the beast” in Revelation 13. John writes, “It [the beast] was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation” (Rev 13:7). The beast is “allowed” to make war against the saints, and he is “given” authority. Who is doing the “allowing” and the “giving” here? God, of course. John teaches us that even the beast is appointed by God.
Dear friends, God has a plan. The plan is that Joe Biden would be 46th president of the United States. God put him there. While we never understand God’s plan as it unfolds, Scripture is clear that God is sovereign over every detail—even the appointment of our new president.