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Core Christianity: Tough Questions Answered

Does God Appoint World Leaders?

host Adriel Sanchez aired November 2, 2020

Episode 566 Show Notes 

From the Show

At the end of the day, our hope is not in the kingdoms of this world, it’s in the kingdom that God is building. In the book of Daniel, you have a picture of that kingdom. It is a stone cut without human hands that fills the whole earth, it is the kingdom of God and it is not built by coercion, human power, or human wisdom. It is built by the power of the Holy Spirit.

–Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

  1. 1. Should pastors preach on current events more? I have seen some pastors not mention current events in their sermons and others seemingly construct their sermons around what is happening in the news. What are your thoughts?

2. The parable of the unjust steward in Luke 16 is difficult for me to understand. Is God applauding the unfaithful servant’s shrewdness?

3. How can Christians sometimes be so unkind?

4. I know that God is sovereign, and in light of the upcoming election I know that he will not be surprised by who wins. My question is about if God really chooses who is going to win. Daniel 2:21 says that, “He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.”It seems here that God appoints rulers over nations, but was this specific to the kings of the nations only during the time of the Old Testament, or does this verse apply to the world and its rulers today?

5. Is Allah just another name for God?

Resources

Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification by Sinclair B. Ferguson

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Adriel Sanchez

Adriel Sanchez is pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the broader church as a host on the Core Christianity radio program, a live, daily call-in talk show where he answers listeners' questions about the Bible and the Christian faith. He and his wife Ysabel live in San Diego with their four children.

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