All “the heretical Mormon lost, what are you complaining about?” jokes aside, the Institute for Creation Research can’t have been pleased with the result of the US election(s). Your first clue came early on Wednesday morning, US time, when Your Origins Matter posted a long quote from Paul’s Epistle to the Romans on their facebook page, the one beginning “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men.” (Romans 1:18-32, for the curious.)
In fact all of the ICR’s election commentary seems to have been localised to its YOM branch. Later that same morning we saw a post there called “Who Won the Vote?” While not stated in so many words the issue of the post seems to be the question of whether the victory of their opponents was indeed the “wrath of God” or whether it was the work of the devil (a figure who really seems to be God’s lackey at times).
It is interesting that today, when we vote in an election, this process is called “casting ballots.” The term “ballot” came from an Italian word “ballotte,” referring to the small “balls” which were used in casting lots in earlier times. We still “cast lots,” whatever type of process may be employed (punch cards, electronic ballots, or the raising of the hand). In any case, it is still important for it to be preceded by prayer. God’s choice may not always be what we want. After all, “the authorities that exist are appointed by God” (Romans 13:1, NKJV), and we had best never forget that “the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, Gives it to whomever He will, And sets up over it the lowest of men” (Daniel 4:17, NKJV).
Here YOM appears to be taking the act-of-God line, though at least one commenter (Nora) takes the opposite view. Continue reading