Should Christians Honor Biden’s Election?

If Christians honestly believe Biden was fraudulently elected, should we honor him as president? The Bible commands us to honor our leaders, but what if they are actually impostures who have illegally gained their position?

First of all, we must clearly understand that no leader can come to power against God’s will. Criminals who may have stolen the election, have not become more powerful than God. Biden becoming president can only happen if God allows it. Romans 13:1 says, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” So, a ruler, whether good or bad, or even fraudulent, becomes the ordained of God (Romans 13:4; 1 Samuel 24:6). It is God who sets up or removes rulers (Daniel 2:21); the good leaders for our good, and the bad for our chastisement.

Second, we must clearly understand that, even though God puts a person in power, He does not condone all actions of that ruler. Even though God may use a leader as an instrument of punishment (Romans 13:3-6), He does not put a person in power with the intent that the ruler do evil. It was not God’s plan that Hitler cause the death of so many millions of people. But it was His will that the German people get the leader they wanted and deserved. It was not God’s plan that Obama go to the White House to cripple the US economy, stir up racial tensions, and oppress Christians and Jews. But it was God’s will that the American people get the leader they wanted and deserved. And Donald Trump, whether good or bad, was the leader that the American people deserved at the time. And, the Biden/Harris gang (or whoever they are puppets for) may be the leaders we deserve at this time.

Third, we must understand that when God places a person in a position of leadership, we do not have any right to forcibly remove them (see also- The Bible View on Political Assassinations). It is God who sets up or removes rulers (Daniel 2:21). Romans 13:2 says, “Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.” We do not have the right even to speak evil of them (Exodus 22:28; Acts 23:5). Speaking truth, however, is not speaking evil.

The Bible constantly teaches that we are to obey our rulers UNLESS their commands conflict with the commands of God. And, we can clearly see, through the Covid-19 oppression by politicians, that submitting to dictators only fuels tyranny. And, God’s answer to tyranny has always been non-compliance. We are commanded, by God, to resist tyranny and oppression, without sinning. Ephesians 4:26 says, “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath”. Romans 12:9 commands us to hate what is evil, and cling to what is good. The Bible’s “love your neighbor” command doesn’t mean to meekly tolerate dictators who are oppressing and tormenting your neighbors.

The Bible repeatedly commands us to obey our rulers (Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-17; Hebrews 13:17; Titus 3:1), and condemns us for rebelling against them (Jude 1:8; 2 Peter 2:9-10). Even if our rulers are evil tyrants, who illegally gained their position, we must obey their laws if their laws are moral, just, and for the common good.

Yet, we are to disobey any laws if they require us to disobey God, and we are to disobey rulers if their actions violate the will of God (Acts 5:29). As Jesus “loved righteousness, and hated iniquity” (Hebrews 1:9), so should we. Evil laws must be resisted with clear non-compliance. Claiming ignorance will not justify us (Proverbs 24:11-12). Our level of hatred for evil, defines our relationship with God.

The fact is, we are answerable to God not just for our actions, but also for our inaction (James 4:17; Matthew 23:23). If we simply ignore tyranny, we are like the wicked servant (Matthew 25:24-30) who refused to do anything, out of fear of doing something wrong. Those who refuse to take any actions against tyrants, generally cling blindly to the verses of “blessed are the meek” and “submit to authorities” (Matthew 5:5; Romans 13:1-7) (See also- Christian Meekness- The Lie). But, Hebrews 11, the faith chapter, commends those who rose up against, and resisted tyranny (verses 23-33). We are even told that Jesus attended the Feast of Dedication, which celebrated the Maccabean revolt against tyranny (John 10:22-23). (See also- What the Covid-Resistance Should Learn From the Maccabean Revolt)

Whether legitimate or not, if Biden/Harris are placed into the White House, they are our leaders. Yet, any attack they make on Christianity, or any push toward their anti-God ideology, must be met with resistance and condemnation by God-fearing Christians. In fact, any attack they make on Christianity, obligates us to defy them as tyrants. If forced to make a choice, we must always obey God, rather than our rulers (Acts 5:29; 1 Corinthians 7:23).

Non-compliance to evil, is the foundation America was built on, and is what made America such a great nation. Civil disobedience to injustice is what kept America strong. Compliance to evil, however, is what has brought America to her knees. Jesus clearly said that believers will be judged at His coming (Luke 12:47). But we will also be judged, here and now, as a nation (Proverbs 14:34).

(See also- Is Kamala Harris the Antichrist?)