Today in Canada a new Liberal Party government will be officially installed in a deeply traditional and symbolic ceremony. And in the days and years to follow this new government will seek to lead this country in the way it believes is best.
The days before the election my social media feeds were full of differing points of view on what a change in government would mean. A mix of positive and negative views on all parties and persons involved sometimes vilifying the candidates in such a way that they no longer seemed human, but a caricature of a monster in the political arena. I struggled with my own choice as to who to vote for which I wrote a bit about here. But in the end I know there were many very sincere Christians who thought that the way Canada voted was the worst possible outcome. And amazingly, my news feed is almost silent about politics once again!
But while we might not agree with who the Prime Minister is, or which party is in power, we still have a great responsibility at hand. The Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Timothy that we are to pray for those in authority, all political leaders, because that is what pleases God.
Amazingly enough, Paul doesn’t tell his audience to vilify leaders to inhumane standards on social media or in public conversation. Which unfortunately seems to be more common than prayer when we find ourselves in disagreement with someone in authority. For Paul to have told his initial audience to pray for their leaders was him telling them to pray for the people who don’t like them. To pray for the people who will persecute them, and won’t stop till they are all gone. Paul was even saying to pray for the people that not too many years later would kill him. We just have to pray for some people that our peers elected and we disagree on policies with, hardly seems as intense.
So how do you pray for your leaders in politics, those in authority you maybe agree, or disagree with?
Here are 5 ways I will be praying for our Prime Minister and other elected officials in the years to come. (more…)