Tempers have flared, accusations have flown, name-calling has been rampant, rumors and lies have been flying around like crazy. And unfortunately, this doesn’t just describe the people in the world–it includes some people in the church.
But now the election is over. The votes have been cast, and Donald Trump has taken the electoral college. But a lot of people are not very happy with it. That includes some Christians.
What we do know for certain is that God’s word stands true, and His commands still apply to us today, just as much as they did when Nero was the emperor of Rome. And God says that we are to pray.
Therefore, I exhort that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men: for Kings and all that are in authority; so that we might lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior. (1 Timothy 2:1-2).
Whether you like the outcome of the election or not, pray for our next President. That doesn’t mean you have you are in agreement with him on certain policies or behavior (or anything, for that matter), but you pray nonetheless.
This is “good and acceptable” before God. I hope you understand that to not pray for the next President is therefore not good and acceptable before God–it is bad and unacceptable before God.
Please stop and take a moment to seriously consider what God asks of us in that passage, and then say a prayer for our future president, and also for our current one.
It’s the right thing to do.
-Bradley S. Cobb