Prayer Knows No Party
by Ray Harmer
“Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of thy people” (Ex. 22:28). Not everyone is satisfied with the results of an election. When Ronald Reagan became our 40th president, I felt the world had ended. I knew little of politics, but was old enough to realize nothing good comes from Hollywood. Was I ever wrong. He went on to become one of our greatest leaders. If there were room, he should be added to Mt. Rushmore.
Now there have been presidents since, that I have not cared for. A few that made me want to move to another country, but where could I go? No land is like our land! Although I felt a deep disdain for some of our presidents, I still had to pray for them. The Bible tells us to do so. “Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people” (Ac. 23:5). Although Paul was being treated harshly, he admitted his wrong.
God tells us multiple times to respect and honor our appointed leaders. He has given them to us for a reason (good and bad). We, as Christians, must pray for them and honor their office. However, this in no way means we accept everything they say or every rule they establish if it compromises God’s Word. God is not happy with many of our officials, but He has allowed them there. Sometimes it is to teach us a lesson.
Granted, as our nation becomes more humanistic and demonic, our elected officials will not all be godly folk. As a matter of fact, most of them probably don’t give a hoot for God. So what shall we pray? First we should beg God to place godly candidates in office. If they are not, we are to ask God to save them through His Gospel. Then once in office, we are to pray they make godly decisions and follow God’s example of righteous law. “…An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth” (Mat. 5:38). And finally, we are to pray for their protection and that of the land God has given us. If any of our lawmakers want to know what is right or wrong, they have but to go to Scripture for in it are the guidelines to a successful government. Several decades ago, Is.58:2 described our country in general. “Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.” If Biblical guidelines were again followed, we could walk the streets at night unmolested. Our lawmakers need our prayers and God’s protection, but most of all they need a dose of that old-time religion!
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