Feet of Clay

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.

The second YOM piece is called “Who’s In Charge?” This post is more old testament, alluding to Daniel’s four kingdoms. It also talks about the “New World Order” like the author is the proud new owner of a late-model tinfoil hat:

In these days, and in earlier times, there has been much idealistic talk about a coming “new world order” in which all nations will become as one, and there will be no more war or poverty.  Many people thought (and some still do) that world communism would bring this about.  Others look to a worldwide Islamic government to accomplish this.  Various would-be world emperors (e.g., Hitler, Napoleon) have come and gone.  Many pin their hopes on the United Nations.  All the various New Age cults and organizations are working toward such an end.

Creationists really don’t like New Agers, or the UN.

In the climactic end of Nebuchadnezzar’s prophetic dream image, Daniel has assured all succeeding generations that “the God of heaven [not the United Nations] shall set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed.” “He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth” (Psalm 72:8).

The “not the United Nations” addition is from the YOM article (Daniel certainly didn’t say that). It seems a little superfluous.

So the conclusion that YOM draws is that Obama gets “four more years” (a term that in these parts usually relates to the Rugby World Cup, as our elections take the triennial act literally and run on a three-year cycle) because God willed it, and the fundamentalists are just going to have to deal with it.

I know what they can do – they can pray about it. That’ll work.


One thought on “Feet of Clay

  1. Yet I constantly hear from radio preachers when I’m traveling on road-trips that [alleged] God is in charge and God’s Will cannot be thwarted by men; so is it or is it not the case that God wanted Obama to win the election and serve four more years? [Asked rhetorically, I am pretty sure I know the “right” answer and I suspect most folks do, too though most folks are reluctant to say it out loud just in case they’re wrong or someone else who can hurt them in one way or another is listening.]


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