We are in the midst of a national campaign to determine candidates for our upcoming presidential election. I've been reflecting -- in light of Ephesians 1 and Romans 9 -- on the differences between the "election" of God and the "elections" of people. As difficult as this truth of election may be to understand fully, there are a few things that are clear from the Scriptures:
People elect people they deem worthy;
God elects the unworthy.
People elect people based upon merit;
God elects people based upon mercy.
People make choices based on limited knowledge;
God chooses in accordance with infinite wisdom.
Sometimes people choose others in an arbitrary way;
God elects in accordance with his divine purpose and plan.
People elect people to positions of power and license;
God elects people to be holy and blameless.
When people elect people, pride is often the result;
When God elects people, there is never room for pride.
People elect people to special privileges;
God elects people to know and serve his beloved Son, Jesus.
People elect others with a view to their own self-interest;
God elects people to the praise of grace, glorious grace.
Hear C. H. Spurgeon's words on the biblical doctrine of election:
"I believe the doctrine of election, because I am quite certain that, if God had not chosen me, I should never have chosen Him; and I am sure He chose me before I was born, or else He never would have chosen me afterwards; and He must have elected me for reasons unknown to me, for I never could find any reason in myself why He should have looked upon me with special love. So I am forced to accept that great Biblical doctrine."