The media is overflowing with reports on last night’s republican presidential debate and hardly any of them are positive. Sure, media outlets tend to be bias towards one party or another, but even republican opinions seem disappointed. No matter where we stand on this topic, debates like these tend to get people riled up.
Since we are still at the forefront of the upcoming presidential elections, now is a good time for a Scriptural reminder. Romans 13:1 says, “…For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.” At times it’s challenging to understand why God allows certain people to take leadership roles. The good news is God is far superior to us and knows what He is doing (Isaiah 55:8-9). He can see the big picture, we can’t.
Only the Lord knows who the next president will be, but we still can play a role in the outcome. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 explains, “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
While God is ultimately in control, Christians can still have a major impact on the outcome through diligent prayer. Interestingly, this prayer doesn’t seem to be for one certain man to win over another. This prayer asks God for to install the person who will make it easiest to “lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity” (vs. 2). In other words, we are praying for a person who will make it easy for us to live as Christians. Doing so will also potentially allow others to be “saved and come to the knowledge of the truth” (vs. 4).
Being a Christian isn’t popular today. It seems every day that passes brings more challenges and restrictions on the Lord’s followers. Over the next year, let’s be tirelessly praying for the Lord to appoint the person who will make it easiest to live and work as Christians.