“I know at times we feel that perhaps in our prayers we ask too much. Or possibly we feel something isn’t important enough to be bothering God with it. Maybe we should let Him decide these things.”
– President Ronald Reagan – February 1983
I will be the first to admit that I have been critical of President Donald Trump. I am often frustrated by his demeanor, his ability to easily lie, his pettiness, his failure to act like a grown-up, and his all-around narcissistic behavior.
I believe it is not only our right but also our responsibility to question and hold our elected officials accountable. One can be critical of a President while wishing that they also be successful. I often write about how we need more substance in politics. That private and public character matter. That right now, we tend to live in a state of smoke and mirrors. Both branches that occupy each side of Pennsylvania Avenue lack policy that speaks about the future. Votes tend to be dictated by an ever-looming election cycle.
I say all this hoping that the President and Congress would be effective. When they do well, the country does well. Even though I adamantly disagreed with the majority of his policies, I wished the same for former President Obama when he was in office.
As I try to always remind myself, politics are important, but they are not ultimate. I have been at the bedside of those terminally ill and I have never seen, nor heard anyone state that they wished someone would give them comfort by reading a copy of the Constitution. Over the last few years, every Wednesday I have tried to take the time to pray for our elected leaders. Along with my daily prayers and time in the word, I have tried to set aside this day in the week as the time that I would focus on those serving in leadership positions. That includes the President, Vice-President, members of Congress, state leaders, and local officials.
Paul in 1 Timothy 2:1-2 wrote that as Christ followers, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people — for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”
When warranted, I will speak out against President Trump and speak up for conservative principles and against the dumbing down of truthfulness. At the same time, regardless of political party or policy platforms, may we as Christ followers pray for wisdom, courage, and self-control. Knowing all the while that as Romans 13:1, states”… for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”