Let’s talk about election.
Wayne Grudem, a theologian who wrote Systematic Theology defines it as: “Election is an act of God before creation in which he chooses some people to be saved, not on account of any foreseen merit in them, but only because of his sovereign good pleasure.”
Salvation is God’s sovereign choice. Romans 9:11-18 points out that God chose us not because of our works but because of His Will.
Why is this important? First, this relieves some pressure as it’s not up to us who is saved. Second, it humbles us because it reminds us that God is God and we are not.
There’s a conversation that’s happening in Romans 9:18-20 that I want to highlight. (Obviously, I am paraphrasing.)
“Some people will be saved and others will not be.”
“Well, that’s not their fault then. How can you blame them? How can you keep them in sin?”
“Who do you think you are? Did you create humanity? Do you know what’s best?”
Sobering, isn’t it? This puts us in our rightful place. Are you God? No. Are you the creator of the universe? No. Is salvation your plan? Did you execute it? No and a big nope.
Does this tug at your heart like it does mine? My flesh wants to scream out it’s not fair! I want everyone to be saved! And yet I am reminded that Christ’s death on the Cross wasn’t fair. I deserve death, and yet I have eternal life. How do I reconcile that?
Well, we humans have tried. Two camps have set up shop on the battleground of the theological debate of election (see the arguments of Arminianism and Calvinism: http://www.the-highway.com/compare.html if you really want to go deep), but we at Real Church confess that we don’t know all the answers and we’re okay with not knowing everything and letting God be God.
So, should we lose hope? Nope! We have intercessory prayer. We can cry out for mercy to God on behalf of others. Also, we don’t know who God has chosen, so we love, we pray, and we teach people about the Gospel for His Glory.