Yes, we now have a new president! Our country just voted for a new president after a rollercoaster-like emotional campaign between two polarizing candidates. In the aftermath, I’ve been reflecting on how best we, the church, can be open and supportive of our future president.
THE BIG QUESTION
While Americans have the right to protest, just as they have the right to assemble and worship God, should Christians protest against the new presidential selection? The straight forward answer leads me to two prominent passages (below) in how Christians in the early church were taught to PRAY and SUBMIT to the governing authorities – the Roman Empire. Yes, this is the same empire that barbecued Christians for their faith.
“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior”, (1 Tim 2:1-3 NLT).
“Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished,” (Rom 13:1-2 NLT).
Oh my…this may be quite difficult or impossible for many believers of the faith. How can Christians get behind and support anyone who has questionable character issues, temperament control, discernment in decision-making, and appear to have a difficult time accepting wise counsel? This personal dilemma caused me to search the Bible for answers where I can follow these New Testament imperatives with good conscience.
Here’s the great news. In both the OT and NT, we have a plethora of bad kings and good kings. God’s people always had to live under the rule of some pretty bad dudes. Then, God placed this proverb on my mind:
The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; he guides it wherever he pleases, (Pro 21:1 NLT).
I want to share three inspiring truths from this verse regarding our new “king”.