Do you follow God’s political advice for our nation?

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The days were dark and filled with danger. Men and women lived each day with secrets that could mean their death. Fears of lions charging with mouths open wide and pitch covering their bodies, enticing the flames up, up—they lived with these threats every moment.

Why? Because they believed in Jesus, and Nero reigned the Roman Empire.

You might think Christians desired a painful and horrific death for Nero. A way to bring him down to the depths of terror. Or at least that someone might overthrow him, someone who would look more kindly on followers of Christ.

The last thing you would expect would be God commanding His people to pray for Nero. Yes, Paul wrote to his fellow believers in 1 Timothy 2 to pray for kings and all those in authority (Nero being their king at this time). He told them to pray without anger, without judgement. To pray that all would come to know Christ.

Can we say we pray in this way for our nation?

God and politics

The word politics is as political as this will get, we promise. There will be no mention of political leaders (OK, besides Biblical ones) and no government policies discussed. But rather a reminder that God does in fact speak into the politics of our nation, despite the separation of church and state.

Yes, God has more than a few things to say about how we should treat our leaders. And it doesn’t seem like we’re doing a very good job with obeying Him.

We live in a world that has rejected God as King. Since the day Israel asked for a king, we have been replacing God’s power with human hands. And because of this, we can easily allow fear, hatred or idolatry for leaders to rule our minds and hearts.

But in His grace, despite our rejection of God, He gave us instructions on how to respond to our leaders. Because He knew not a single one would lead with perfection. (Isn’t it funny how we expect that perfection, though?)   

God’s words on politics and leaders wrap their way through the entire Bible. From David not taking the throne from Saul because he honored the man God anointed, to God making it clear He sets kings on their thrones, to commands given to Israel not to rebel against their captors, to Paul encouraging prayer for Nero.

Yes, God has more than a few things to say about how we should treat our leaders. And it doesn’t seem like we’re doing a very good job with obeying Him.

The power of prayer

Our King has given us very clear instructions: Pray for those in authority and submit to them. Yet what do we do? We disrespect in the streets and we disrespect on social networks. We call them the anti-Christ. We hate them in our hearts. Or, we become apathetic.

How we must grieve the heart of our Father! Not only have we rejected Him as King, but we continue to reject the ones He places in authority. Yes, God can use even evil rulers for His glory.

God does not demand us to agree with the political stance of every leader. But He commands us to pray, and He commands us to honor.

Why do we continue to turn our hearts away from God’s command to pray for our rulers and our nation? Why do we harbor bitterness or apathy? If we truly believe in the power of prayer, why are we not pouring forth our words to lift up our nation and our rulers?

Or maybe we don’t judge harshly those in power. Maybe instead we have decided to not allow this life to dampen our joy and our love for our day-to-day by simply not caring. But haven’t we also withheld the power of change in this apathetic attitude?

God does not demand us to agree with the political stance of every leader. He does not tell us to stand behind decrees and laws that deface the truth. And He certainly does not command us to pick up arms and fight alongside leaders who desire death and destruction.

But He commands us to pray, and He commands us to honor.

Let us not assume we have no power when it comes to government. Would we believe in the power of prayer for God to heal our sick friend but not for God to change the hearts of rulers? So pray diligently. Pray daily. Pray with thanksgiving. Pray circles around our rulers and our nation.

Where is your hope?

As you begin (or hopefully continue) this journey of praying for our nation, think about where you place your hope. Do you feel as if a president or a king or even a dictator can remove God from His throne? Do you believe that government policies can ruin God’s plans?

If you find yourself overcome with panic and stress when thinking about our

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nation or any nation, remember God is on His throne. He has never left, nor will He ever leave. Absolutely nothing can remove God from the ultimate place of authority.

Yes, sin causes horrific tragedies. But we don’t fight against flesh and blood. We fight against the author of lies. We don’t fight against people crying for blood in the streets. That fight is against Satan and his minions.

So where is your hope today? Do you trust God? Do you believe in the power of prayer? Are you speaking and acting like you do?

Men, women and children died grotesque deaths when Nero reigned. But their hope was not in this world. They knew God was on His throne, and they did not lose hope when the sin of this world attempted to swallow up the light. Instead they prayed. For they believed in the power of God.

Let’s Talk About It: How would praying for our nation change your heart toward governing powers?
  

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16 Replies to “Do you follow God’s political advice for our nation?”

  1. Prayer- one of our most powerful, yet often neglected tools. I agree with your sentiments. I may not agree with who is in office, but that does not mean that I can speak disrespectfully about him/her.
    We try to teach our children the same. Thank you for bringing our attention back to this extremely important subject! Praying for our nation!

    1. Thanks so much for reading, Rachel! Yes, it is such a test to our obedience when someone whom we don’t agree with or who has a shady character is leading us. I’m thankful for parents like you who teach your children the importance of prayer and respect!

  2. I think it’s important for us to pray for our nation. Even if we don’t necessarily like who is in power, God has them there and we need to respect their authority!

    1. It’s crazy how politics can shut people out of relationships. Which is why I took a spiritual approach for this one. 🙂 Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts, Alice!

  3. This was a great way to approach this issue biblically. The only prayer I have for all authority figures in this country is for them to have salvation clear and simple. That they would know Jesus, allow Him in their hearts, accept Him as Lord and savior and be transformed by the renewing of their minds and cleansing of their hearts. So that they can be led by the Holy Spirit and not by flesh.

    1. That’s my prayer, too! Obviously it’s great to pray for guidance and specific policies, but imagine how things would change if our leaders gave their lives to God! Thanks so much for reading and sharing your thoughts, Gladys!

  4. “We live in a world that has rejected God as King. Since the day Israel asked for a king, we have been replacing God’s power with human hands.” So so true! I can’t think of something more dividing than politics these days. On either the Republican or Democratic side there has never been a perfect leader, so I don’t understand those who have so much emotion invested against one person or the other. I was not a fan of Obama, but I never thought about or treated him like people do Trump. It’s just ridiculous. We must respect those God allows in office, whether we are to suffer because of our own sinful choices or flourish because we sought a true leader who operates (even unintentionally) by godly principles.

    1. It breaks my heart how leaders are treated, even if they don’t make great decisions. I definitely don’t agree with how certain political leaders use their authority, but my prayer is that they will come to know Christ and/or help turn our country toward God! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, Erika!

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