Friday was Inauguration Day, the day when Donald Trump will go from President-elect to President of the United States of America. In the last couple of months there’s been a lot of chaos surrounding the 2016 election: Third party candidates have asked for vote recounts, other countries are being blamed for the outcome of this election, and more and more news sites are being dismissed as “fake” every day.
In the midst of all these chaotic happenings, something has been greatly missing. About a month before the election, and for a few days after the ballots had been cast, my Christian friends talked and posted about the need to pray for our new president and our country. Now though, most of those pleas have disappeared, not completely mind you, but they’ve certainly tapered off.
Here’s the problem with that:
“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.” (1 Tim. 2:1-2)
Notice what Paul didn’t say. He didn’t say that prayers should be given only if we think the leadership is doing a poor job, or if the leadership has ideals we disagree with. Paul didn’t write that we ought to pray for our leaders only if that leader is a terrible Democrat or awful Republican. We aren’t just to pray for our leaders around election time, all the time so that we may lead “peaceful”, “quiet”, “godly” lives.
Regardless of whether you think President Trump will do a good job or not, you have the responsibility as a Christian to continue to pray for him, your congressman, governors, mayors, ambassadors, and all others who lead you in some way. Take a moment today to pray for your leaders. If we want to truly see things become great again in our country and individual communities, it starts with everyday Christians taking action to pray earnestly, love deeply, and live for Christ.