Is God on “Our Side”?
When it comes to sports, we don’t assume that God is on our side, and not for the other team. We might pray that our team does its best, honors the Lord in the way they play, and that our players are kept safe from injury. Yet we know that God is the God of all creation, and his providential reign is beyond understanding. And that sport is, well, just sport.
We also need to be wise about claiming God’s support in political contests. To assume that God is for us and not on the other party’s side, runs the risk of presumption. To quickly claim that our group somehow speaks for God, runs a terrible risk. Think, for example, of certain violent Muslims who do acts of terrorism, in the name of God — as if God were on their side.
There is a sense, however, in which we can be sure that God is on our side, that he is truly “for us.” In Romans 8:31, after explaining the wonders of salvation, Paul asks, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” This rhetorical question could be rendered: “Since God is for us, nothing can be against us!”
Paul argues that we can be confident of God’s support because he has already given us his Son as a sin sacrifice. Surely he will give us everything else that we need. No one can take us to court before God, because God himself has declared us righteous. No one can condemn us because the risen Jesus is now at God’s right hand interceding for us. Christ loves us, and no enemy or weapon or calamity can separate us from that love.
What more evidence do we need that God really is on our side?