Should politics and faith intersect? Sometimes I wish they didn’t because reading Facebook Status’s the last few weeks has been exhausting!
But according to the scriptures they intersect when we treat politicians like we do anyone else, we pray and intercede for them.
1 Timothy 2:1-4 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.
No matter where you fall today on the political spectrum and no matter if “your guy” won… if you’re a follower of Christ you are expected to pray for ALL people, and that includes the POTUS. I don’t agree with some of his policies (I don’t agree with everything Romney stood for either) and I hate abortion, especially partial birth abortion… but my mandate from God is to pray for the POTUS! Furthermore, it’s to be a light and a beckon of hope to those considering abortion. We can sit on idle and pray that a future President / Supreme Court overturns Roe V Wade… or we can become the answer to our own prayers and reach out to the hurting young mother or the abused woman who is considering abortion. We can offer financial help, adoption answers, and shelter for them… this is the mandate Christ has given the church when he said to care for the least of these (Matt 25). The point here is that no matter the legal nature of abortion, it will most likely always be among us because the world is broken… and the church / the body of Christ has been called to be hope and light in a broken world offering THE answer in Christ alone.
Some will say they are not going to pray for a President who believes in killing babies or taking their money… If that’s you consider this, in the above passage when Paul tells Timothy to pray for the kings, and those in authority Nero was the Caesar and ruler of the Roman Empire. Nero was one of the most selfish and evil of all roman emperors, persecuting Christians at will and had little to no concern even for his own Roman citizens… in fact Paul and other disciples like Peter were killed under Nero’s rule and edict. Paul would pray for President Obama and Mitt Romney!
So don’t blast any one particular person or political party… instead as followers of Jesus rise up! Pray for the government and our leaders, and do this while becoming the answer to your own prayers… become the hope that many people in our world need! You might just save a baby or two from being aborted, and that my friend is what following Jesus is all about!
PS… In the last debate Romney said “America is the “hope” of the earth.” He couldn’t be farther from the truth… Jesus is the only hope our country and every other country on this earth has!