Okay, the election is over. What should be our heart’s posture be as followers of Christ after what has transpired? What do we do when it appears our new President was elected by fraudulent means? We certainly can expose what happened, fight against it, and criticize it, which I have done here, but if we want to please God, we should fervently pray for him and all our political leaders.
Paul was pretty clear about this when writing to Timothy. And he was talking about very wicked and despotic leaders, like Nero, and they were living in the Roman Empire, one of the most brutal regimes in human history. Here’s what he said. I will put it in the Passion Translation that makes the language more relevant:
Most of all, I’m writing to encourage you to pray with gratitude to God. Pray for all men with all forms of prayers and requests as you intercede with intense passion. 2 And pray for every political leader and representative, so that we would be able to live tranquil, undisturbed lives, as we worship the awe-inspiring God with pure hearts. 3It is pleasing to our Savior-God to pray for them.4 He longs for everyone to embrace his life and return to the full knowledge of the truth. (1 Tim.2:1-4 TPT*)
First of all, our posture is to pray for our new President and Vice President, and all our federal and state representatives in government, with intense passion, no matter what we think about them, no matter how they got there, or whether or not we agree with their policies. One attitude we cannot afford to get ourselves into is an “us vs. them” mentality.
No person, even politicians, are our enemies. Remember, our enemies are not flesh and blood, not Democrats or Republicans, even Marxists and Communists, but “principalities and powers in the heavenly realm” (Eph.6:12).
So, while we are to expose evil ideologies and works of darkness (Eph.5:11), we don’t demonize the people who might embrace them. As far as humankind and eternity is concerned, we’re all in the same boat. And this gets to my second point….
We pray because, as followers of Christ, we believe in freedom for everyone. This means we should want the free discourse of ideas in our society, including ideas we may vehemently disagree with, because it’s the best environment for us to “live tranquil, undisturbed lives, as we worship the awe-inspiring God with pure hearts.”
I want this freedom, not only so that I’m free to worship our awe-inspiring God, but also so that my heart remains pure—free from hatred, anger, bitterness, malice, divisiveness, and other toxic poisons that can infect it if I embrace a political and factious spirit.
I want this freedom so that all people can hear the good news of Jesus Christ that brings great joy, “He longs for everyone to embrace his life and return to the full knowledge of the truth.” He wants all people, even those we want to hate, to accept His invitation into His life.
Finally, and most important, I pray for our leaders because this is what pleases God. I cannot afford to harbor ill will, or bad attitudes, because my will was thwarted. I need to get over myself and do what God wants. Again, that doesn’t mean I quit fighting for truth and freedom; it means I do so with the same grace Jesus expressed toward all people, and fully keep my will submitted to God’s will.
Beloved, praying for our leaders, no matter who they are, is praying for freedom—not only for us but for everyone. We should honestly pray that God shower His grace upon our President and all our government representatives, and that He give them wisdom to lead us in a way that brings forth the fruit of the kingdom—righteousness, peace and joy (Rom.14:17). This is the best strategy against evil, not our vitriol.
The battle for the soul of our nation is far from over. It’s much bigger than Trump or Biden, or this election. There is still much darkness over our land. But it’s time to fully turn our gaze to the One who loves us and gives life and true freedom.
If we need to, it’s time to be honest with ourselves and repent of bad attitudes or any evil intentions our hearts may have harbored, and pray fervently for those who will govern us with a pure heart. We must fight from a place of victory, not for it.
We must have God’s perspective, and we will only understand what that is in communion with Him in prayer. Then we must engage with all people—who God loves so much that He bankrupted heaven—with His grace and His heart of compassion. We win the war of ideas by patiently walking with them, hearing their heart, finding places of agreement, and helping them see what we see, not by attacking and separating ourselves from them.
We all want people to know the Truth and be free. But remember that His truth is always wrapped in tender and grace. Amen.
17 Moses gave us the Law, but Jesus, the Anointed One,
unveils truth wrapped in tender mercy. (John 1:17 TPT)