I Timothy 2:1-4 tells us this: “First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
I gotta be honest. Nothing I’m seeing on the news or social media could realistically be described as dignity.
If you’re listening to the podcast or reading the transcript or blog in real time, the USA is gearing up for the 2020 Presidential Election. And when I say gearing up, I mean getting louder. And frankly, more hateful. Riots, racism, and Covid-19 have fueled the fire. We all have opinions, me included. But as Christ followers, we cannot set Paul’s directive aside in the file labeled, “I don’t want to do this.”
Now don’t get me wrong. If we can genuinely say in our hearts that we can take our political stands while at the same time praying that God give His direction to our leaders, then by all means, politic away. And if we can criticize decisions, while praying he or she exercise Godly wisdom, go, hop on social media. If we can pray with sincerity that our President, Congress, and local leaders be saved and we will love them like a brother or sister despite our differing opinions, perfect. But if not…?
I do believe that I read in that verse that we’re to give thanks for those in authority too. Ouch. That’s gonna cause some grumbling and complaining.
We’ll have to give an Account
By the way, if you are listening or reading in the future, I pray the lessons we learned in 2020 along with I Timothy 2:1-4, cause us all to check our behavior. It’s good to imagine that day when God calls us to give an account.
Despite the wasp’s nest I might be disturbing, I would love to know you thoughts in the comments below. Let’s try to keep it Godly.