Opinion

President’s Day Prayer

Romans 13:1 says “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God”.  Paul wrote this most likely when Nero was emperor of Rome. 

Pastor Ed Kvaale
Special Contributor

It was not a representative form of government like we have in the United States and this passage applies to all believers whether their government is good, bad, or awful.  It also applies whether the leaders we voted for won or not.  In 1 Timothy 2:1-4  Paul will say “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth”.  In fact, I think it is important that we realize that even the leaders we find frustrating and corrupt to be a result of sinful broken humanity and a reflection of human frailty.  As Americans, we have the blessed privilege to speak out and try to vote candidates out of office and advocate for change.  However, the burdens of politicians from the local level all the way up to the federal are indeed great at times and we should be mindful of our call to pray for them, especially those we disagree with.  Christians should not only want political change which is temporary at best, but a spiritual awakening to occur within our own heart, with our local congregations, and within our leaders to see all come to know Jesus.  We pray for eternal change, not just our favorite policies.  It may be hard in our current political climate, but I think the heart of Jesus is to recognize that those we agree with and those we disagree with politically are not just our friends or opponents, but people who Jesus wants to follow Him.  That is what we are called to do first and foremost, follow Jesus, pray that others find Jesus, and be used by Jesus to help point the way to Him.  Let us pray for wisdom for our leaders and their responsibilities, but also pray that they, along with us, will grow in following Jesus.