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Even The Atlantic with its left-leaning magazine sensed the problem when it published, “Biden’s Long Trails of Betrayals” on August 18, 2021. This was just three days after the Saigon-like helicopter evacuation of diplomats from Kabul’s embassy. Just eight days before 13 U.S. troops were killed and 18 more were injured.

Betrayed.

That is what many felt when they saw or heard of President Joe Biden looking at his watch multiple times as the military unloaded flag-draped caskets.

Betrayed.

That is what every abandoned American in Afghanistan probably feels. That and fear for their lives.

Betrayed.

That is what many Americans, especially those who have served, feel about how Afghanistan was and is being worked. The choices are many here: abandoned Americans, a tarnished image, weakened power internationally, and a donation of at least 18 billion dollars in weapons to arm those who hate America, Israel, and so many others. And all of this just before the 20 year anniversary of 9/11 when the Twin Towers fell to terrorist attacks.

Betrayed.

That is what many people of the world feel when leaders, media, and Big Tech use lies, fear, and power plays to attack and seize God-given freedoms.

Betrayed.

That is what many Christian feel when God is mocked, sin is promoted, and we are villainized by some leaders.

Betrayed.

That is what every single signer of the statement of support from the deleted Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden website probably felt after Biden was elected and broke promises by snubbing them. Biden had made his support of abortion clear many times prior to the deception they believed.

Betrayed.

That is what happens when we don’t follow the guides God gives us to live our lives. This includes choosing leaders. We betray Him and His Word. Since all of us have sinned, then all of us have betrayed Him Who loves us most.

God’s love and justice do not betray. They don’t fit any of the Merriam-Webster definitions where to betray is “to lead astray,” “to deliver to an enemy by treachery,” or “to fail or desert especially in time of need.”

God keeps His Word and uses His Word to guide those who will listen. God is loyal to Himself in keeping His Word. From His Word, the Bible, we see and hear His being, His character, and His promises. We know this loyalty better as the word faithful. God is faithful.

He is faithful to hear our prayers when we cry out.

He is faithful when He says He desires none to perish without Him.

He is faithful to save us from the ultimate consequence of sin when we repent and surrender to Jesus.

He is faithful to tell us we will have trials and tribulations because we serve and love Him.

He is faithful to let us have eternally good consequences when we obey Him even though sometimes they are temporarily painful.

He is faithful to send a Comforter and Counselor, the Holy Spirit.

He is faithful to judge all by the same standard without favoritism.

He is faithful to eternally punish those who refuse His offer of restored relationship through Jesus.

God is faithful.

Mankind?

We easily deceive both ourselves and others (Jeremiah 17:9). This is why we must trust God.

A few times before the last presidential election I shared (and hoped more would share) what the Bible says about choosing good leaders. A video from 2018 by David and Tim Barton of Wallbuilders helped me tremendously by pointing out a verse from Exodus.

“But select from all the people
 some capable, honest men who fear God and hate bribes" (Exodus 18:21a NLT).

While they do share that all leaders we vote for are the lesser of two evils, this leadership advice given to Moses can be used to choose or evaluate our leaders.

For instance, has Biden consistently shown any of this since being president? Did his record prior to the 2020 vote tabulation indicate he had these qualities?

Capable?

He or those helping him have botched America’s energy independence and then stirred the pot in the Middle East while dropping the ball on the U.S. economy to give us ever-increasing prices. On Facebook, I have seen the question, “With this many screw-ups, how can it not be intentional?” If it is intentional, then they are capable of bad decisions and evil. The article mentioned in the first paragraph shows a history of poor decisions related to foreign affairs and international relations.

Honest?

Just ask those who were Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden whether he was honest with them. Did you hear the leaked call where Biden asked Afghanistan’s leader to lie? Hmm, what about Biden’s history of plagiarism and lying about academic achievements? Lies about being places he hasn't been?

Fear God?

“If they don’t believe there is a God, then they’re going to fall into the trap that government is god. And our rights don’t come from a Creator but from the government. Then all of a sudden that leader is going to be in favor of the socialism, the communism, the [dicatatorship] – all of the things we don’t want in America,” said Tim Barton in the video. David Barton adds we are looking for someone who is God-conscious, not secular conscious, even if they are not a believer in Christ. Biden has talked of God when it suits him, but his actions don’t seem to honor Him.

Hates bribes?

Allowing a son to sell access to the vice-president’s office for money qualifies as bribes, right? Certainly, Biden has used his office to create financial gains for him and his family. China? Ukraine? Others? And now, it seems, some are using Biden and his office as president to advance their financial concerns whether he may be fully aware of it or not.

Hmmm. Is God allowing a nation that has betrayed Him to experience the consequences of betraying Him?

Well, God is faithful. God is righteous. God is holy. He is just. Like the father in the parable of the Prodigal Son, God waits for us to come to our senses and return to Him humbled. God may restore America, but regardless, His love seeks first to offer salvation to each soul individually. Like the father in the parable, God has suffered insult from us, yet He waits for us to turn back. Unlike the father in the parable, if we continue to harden our heart against God and His design, He will speed up the process of hardening our hearts against Him regardless of who we are or think we are.

Let us remember this lesson while the pain is fresh on our minds and hearts:

Avoid betraying God’s design for choosing leaders or our leaders will betray us.

Be faithful to God because He is faithful to us, and we love Him because He first loved us. Let our love be shown in obedience to Him and His design for our lives regardless of the pressures of others. Let our fight for truth flow from our relationship with Jesus, the Truth who sets us free. 

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