In just over a year our two neighbouring countries Canada and the United States have elected two new political leaders representing in each case a change in political parties. Canada’s election brought forth a lot of emotion, and the United States even to a greater extent.
In Canada and the United States we live in freedom. It is interesting that in our free countries we can elect our leaders. But when they get in power it seems okay to bash our leaders with reckless abandon. These attitudes are directly opposed to God’s plan of how we as Christians should view our nations leaders.
In 1 Timothy 2 the Apostle Paul commands us to pray for our governing leaders (and not for our leaders demise). We are told that we pray in order that “we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness”. What does this mean? We pray for our leaders that we well live in a stable society that allows us to focus on worshipping God.
In other parts of the Bible we are told to pray for the salvation of others and for the wisdom of our leaders. These areas are also important. The key is to pray for, not attack our leaders, whether verbally or otherwise.
To put this into even greater context Paul wrote the words to pray for our leaders when he was under the reign of Roman Emperor Nero. Nero died at 30 years old of suicide, but during his reign it is described that he became the “most cruel and dissolute of tyrants“. What kind of a leader was he? History mentions he murdered his mother and both his wives for starters, But his grotesque brutality far descended his immediate family. His inhumane cruelty was particularly focused towards Christians.
When it comes to our governing leaders, God’s Word speaks clearly on where we are to begin….in prayer. There has been a lot of political posts lately. Thank you for taking the time to read another one! 🙂