Flipping The Country
The word of the Lord came to Haggai a second time on the twenty-fourth day of the month: “Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah: I am going to shake the heavens and the earth. I will overturn royal thrones and destroy the power of the Gentile kingdoms. I will overturn chariots and their riders. Horses and their riders will fall, each by his brother’s sword.” — Haggai 2:20–21 (CSB)
This morning Americans are preoccupied with the burden of flipping a country. Citizens of the great State of Georgia are standing in line to participate in their senatorial elections. The ‘Exonerated 5' are working with New York State Senator Zellnor Myrie on a bill to ban the use of deception and intimidation during interrogations. Kenosha, Wisconsin waits as prosecutors decide whether to charge the officers involved in the killing of Jacob Blake. Even the leader of the Proud Boys has been arrested. And we face these realities, all while combating an ever surging pandemic, and a President unrelenting in his pursuits to reverse the Biden-Harris election results.
It feels like Americans are tasked with the responsibility of not just flipping a Republican majority Senate, but we are feverishly working to flip unjust legislation, flip corrupt legislators, and even flip a dying and divided country.
This is no easy task. With leaders who are quick to reference Romans 13:1–7 to justify the confirmation and protection of corrupt government officials, what brings me hope is the promise of Haggai 2:20–21. There, God makes a promise that power can be revoked. That change is divine. And that God is in the business of flipping leaders, and flipping countries.
Scripture records God saying, “I will overturn royal thrones and destroy the power of the Gentile kingdoms. I will overturn chariots and their riders. Horses and their riders will fall…” In other words, the prophet Haggai records a God that is committed to flipping of countries.
As we begin 2021, we are all exhausted by incompetent and corrupt leadership, an unjust criminal justice system, racism, police brutality, elections, and a deadly virus. But I truly believe that this is the year that death and destruction is overturned. This is the year that God steps in through an activated people and overturns thrones and kingdoms. This is the year that God through us overturns horses and riders. This is the year when God uses Americans to flip this country’s leaders and its legislation.