The Lord laughs at public opinion polls

Posted on October 2, 2014 · Posted in Current Events, Wisdom, Worldview

Each political season millions are spent on public opinion polls. 


Millions more are spent reporting and analyzing these polls. After all, what would the 24/7 news channels talk about without any breaking news regarding a poll?


Then to complete the cycle, more millions are spent assessing the impact of these polls in order determine what the next set of polling questions should look like.


It easy to forget that there is only one poll that matters, the one that occurs in voting booths on election day.  But, nonetheless, an industry of polling has come to have a dominate place in American life.  There are even polls that ask people what they think will happen in the future, as if anyone could know!


The various agendas of the wicked are discouraging. It appears that public opinion has embraced all that is ungodly and contrary to what God commands – the polls confirm this.


Christian, you can be thankful that your God is not the least concerned about public opinion.  He does not plan based on polling data.


God is not intimidated by evil. Indeed, he knows that evil will not last. We do not know God’s timetable, but we do know that evil policies and actions will not prevail! Look at Psalm 37:10-11:


A little while, and the wicked will be no more;

    though you look for them, they will not be found.


But the meek will inherit the land

    and enjoy peace and prosperity.


The meek will enjoy peace and prosperity.  We don’t know when, but we do know that it is a certainty. 


God actually laughs that people think that their opinions rule the day. People can can plan, pass laws, flaunt God’s authority and openly mock him. God is not impressed with man’s opinion of himself. Because of this you can live with integrity before God. You can teach your children God’s truth. You can tell others their greatest need is to know Christ.  


Even though the voice of the wicked is loud and angry at God and his ways, your hope remains secure. Even though the polls indicate God is being dismissed by our culture, your God has no worries. Trust in your God and not man’s opinion of himself.


The wicked plot against the righteous

    and gnash their teeth at them;


but the Lord laughs at the wicked,

    for he knows their day is coming.

Psalm 37:12-13

Jay Younts
Jay Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger. He is the author of Everyday Talk and other materials on parenting. He has been teaching and speaking on parenting issues for 30 years. Jay and his wife, Ruth, live in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. He serves as a ruling elder at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He and Ruth have five adult children.