After President Obama was elected in 2008 I penned these words for my blog. They are as true today as they were then, as they were 2,000 years ago when the apostles were weighing in on such matters. Here they are again, slightly adapted for the events of the past twenty-four hours:
Whether you went to bed filled with utter elation or deep despair, there is one response that must be at once common and necessary among all of us, especially those of us claiming to follow Jesus Christ. Consider the words of the Apostle Paul to his younger friend Timothy:
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
Also, consider what Paul penned to the Christians living in, of all places, Rome: Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God (Romans 13:1).
Regardless of your political persuasion, or whether your guy won or lost, the man that is the president of the United States needs our respect, our prayers, and our support. This does not suggest that we agree with him on everything. That is one of the beauties of American democracy. But in God’s greater government it is clear that God alone raises up rulers and lays them down, and it is this same God who commands His followers to give honor to those governing authorities that God has clearly established.
So . . . are you willing to pray for, respect, honor, and otherwise speak kindly of the man who is our new president? To do so is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.