Politics and Prayer
Dec 1, 2008
Some say politics and religion should not be mixed. I say that our faith must inform all of our decisions, including those that relate to politics.
Now that the election is over the question we must ask is – What do we do now? The primary answer to that question is: PRAY. In I Tim 2:1-2, Paul writes, “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone — for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” Paul tells us that our leaders should be prayed for, regardless of who the leader is. For many Christians, President-elect Obama was not their choice, but he is our next president, and he needs our prayers.
I would like to highlight two aspects of this election, one a cause for praise, the other a cause for fervent prayer and deep concern. Let’s start with praise. Barack Obama is the first African American to be elected to the presidency of the US! This is encouraging for a country that 50 years ago required blacks to sit in the back of the bus in some states. As we prepare to adopt two boys from Haiti, I look forward to pointing out to them that they can achieve great things in this country. We are all created in His image!
One area of great concern that I have relates to the protection of our children. Please pray for the unborn children in our country. This is not simply a political issue, but rather a critical moral and spiritual issue. As Christians we are called to stand up for those who cannot defend themselves (James 1:27). Please pray that our president and congress will see these unborn babies as people, because that is what they are, human beings who need someone else to speak and pray for them.
Lord, I thank You for the blessings that you have showered down on this nation, and I pray that You would bless President-elect Barack Obama with wisdom, compassion, and the ability to see the truth. Amen.