"Pray for all those in authority." Yes, "all." The Apostle Paul wrote this while living under Nero, who brutally persecuted Christians. Today’s leaders need our prayers too. God commands this "that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness." The greater purpose behind this is that "God our Savior wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." (I Timothy 2:1-4) We participate in this mission by praying for our leaders and a peaceful community in which we can live our Christian lives and share the truth of salvation in Jesus.
Perhaps our greatest sin in this matter, besides how freely we slander our leaders and candidates, is that we get so worked up over politics and government as if our lives are dependent on them. The reality is that our lives are dependent on no one but God alone. Failing to remember this in any election, no matter the outcome, is a sin. Failing to trust that God is in control and holds everything in His hands, even this election, is a sin. Failing to remember that our security is found in Him and not some politician is a sin. Yes, all those in authority need our prayers. Pray for them! But God deserves our trust; we are dependent on Him alone. Trust in Him! PRAY FOR OUR LEADERS AND TRUST IN GOD.
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Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.