11/20/2012 2:31:00 PM Leaders need respect, support, prayer
After months and months of political wrangling, the election is finally over. Barack Obama will be our president for four more years. Some of you are sorely disappointed and some of you are elated.
Whether we voted for him or not he is our president. Whether we like him or not he is our president. Whether we agree with all of his plans and policies he is our president.
Barack Obama will be our president for four more years. Even if you did not vote for him, even if you do not personally like him, even is you disagree with many of his plans and policies he still deserves our prayers, our respect and our support.
The Bible says we are to honor our government leaders. The apostle Peter wrote: "Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor" (I Peter 2:17). Nero, one of the worst emperors imaginable, was on the throne when the Holy Spirit inspired Peter to write this admonition. If Nero deserved to be honored, Barack Obama deserves to be honored because of his position as president.
The Bible also says we are to obey our earthly rulers. Peter also tells us: "Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right" (I Peter 2:13-14). The only exception to this is when an earthly ruler demands we do something contrary to the will of God.
One other thing the Bible exhorts us to do is to pray for our leaders. In the first letter the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy he gave this instruction: "Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right" (I Timothy 2:1-2).
We can still speak out when we disagree. We can still work to change laws and regulations we feel are wrong. We can still vote for different people at the next election. We can still refuse to support policies that go against our Christian convictions.
Let's all remember, however, to respect, support and pray, not only for our president, but for all those in positions of leadership. Pray for wisdom and for submission to God's Word in the decisions these men must make for our country.