How Shall We Pray for Donald Trump?

We’re not called to agree with our country’s current president. Rather, we’re called to pray for the person in charge

At the time of this writing, it is the Fourth of July, it seems a good time to share my thoughts on praying for President Donald Trump. If Hillary Clinton had won, then I’d say the same thing.

As Christians, we are not called to agree with the politics of our country’s leader.  We’re not called to blindly go along with someone because the person’s political views align with our own. The same thing is true for the opposite.

We are called to pray for our country’s leaders; regardless of our political opinions. Yes, I am talking to conservative Christians and liberal Christians. Did you notice the common denominators? We are brothers and sisters in Christ and we have a duty to pray.

How shall we pray?

First of all, let’s clean up our political terminologies.  As followers of Jesus, we cannot be true “Liberals” and we are supposed to be the leading do-gooders.  We’re also not true conservatives; though it is good to preserve what is good and true. Are you a little confused?

A true Conservative is one, who preserves traditions and ideas.  A pure Conservative does not like change. If your personal history says you’re a slave then you’re stuck. Yes, there are traditions worth preserving throughout time.  The role of the family is definitely one that is worth preserving.

However, we’re to act with compassion to individuals trapped in broken homes or single parent households. A pure Conservative is not able to say, “You are not trapped by your circumstances and I can help you escape.  As Christians, we know there is a hope and future and we’re called to act with compassion towards the poor and hurting.

A pure Liberal is one that embraces change and unrestrained freedom.  When I first heard this definition, the Holy Spirit pointed to the need for restraint and wisdom.  Why? For one, change is not always good and freedom needs to be coupled with personal responsibility.  Since I am a classic liberal, I took this warning to heart.

Yes, I am a classic liberal who believes in the Word of God and I place my trust in Jesus for my salvation. Classic liberals are sometimes called Libertarians. We’re not to be confused with Progressive. For a progressive, the emphasis is on society’s need to step in and bring forth change. Former President Barack Obama is a good example of a progressive leader.

Why am I bothering with the above set of definitions? Our political ideologies will often shape our views of the world around us and it will often influence our thoughts and prayers.  In some cases, it can be a good thing; however, we are not supposed to be married to our political ideologyies.

As Christians, we are to be lovers of God, the Father. We’re to be lead by the Spirit and we’re called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!  The Word of God is a powerful guide and help in our daily walk. From my research, the Bible is very much at the heart of the social reformation at the beginning of the 20th Century.

As Christians, there is much that “Liberal” Christians and “Conservative” Christians can agree upon. The needs to care for the poor is a great one and the wise use of social justice in various situations. I am speaking of Dr. Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights movement. Changes needed to be made in this country.

Our differences come in the solution to the problem.  It did not mean that we turn a blind eye to injustice; rather it is about how we go about solving the problem. Is it okay to have a different viewpoint? Yes, it is okay to have different opinions.  Have you ever read Acts 15: 1-21?  They were debating the hotly contested issue of circumcision and the Law.

The liberal believers wanted new believers to be free of the dictate of the Law of Moses and the need for circumcision.  That’s a good thing; as we’re no longer under the Law. The conservative believers pointed to a very real need for clear guideline; hence the need for the Law. The conservative believers did have a valid point. How did they solve it? Go read Acts 15:1-21 for yourself.

They came together and made a decision and it had a powerful effect on the Church. We can do the same thing, today. According to 1 Timothy 2:1-4, we are called to pray for our country’s leaders. Guess what? Paul and Timothy did not live in a free democratic republic.  In fact, Nero was in power and killing Christians. Nero isn’t the only one, who persecuted the early Church.  Yet, Paul told Timothy:

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

Somehow, I don’t think the early believers agreed with all the decisions coming out of Rome. It is out of necessity that they prayed for those in authorities.  It is not because they deserved it; rather it is because the authorities needed it. The same thing is true, for today.

Obviously, Donald Trump and Barack Obama are nowhere as bad as Nero. They are secular leaders, who seek to do what’s best for the United States. We may not always agree with the decisions of these men; however, we’re still to pray for those in authorities.

How did you do in praying for President Obama? For me, I did start off good; however, I lost steam after a while.  How about you?  On Facebook, a friend is posting good solid prayers for President Donald Trump. Though I am not a fan of Trump, I greatly appreciate what my friend is doing.

His prayer posts are written in a way that lets you come along side and pray in agreement. Plus, I get the freedom to include my own concerns and issues. He is keeping a Kingdom’s perspective on the current situation in Washington DC. In this way, he is allowing for diverse views to come into play.

I trust that he’ll do the same thing if a Democrat becomes President. As Christians, we’re not supposed to play favorites. We’re to pray because the person needs it; not deserve it. From what I can see; President Donald Trump certainly needs our prayer; even if we don’t agree with some of his actions.

Here is my final point. Conservative Christians need their Liberal brothers and sisters in Christ. Liberal Christians need their Conservative brothers and sisters in Christ. We need to let go of our political opinions and grab a hold of each other.

Why? Did you read that passage from Acts 15?  A right decision was made because liberal believers and conservative believers brought a needed balance to each other. Liberal Christians are like the heart and Conservative Christians are like the brain.  The Church needs both and we’re to be guided by Jesus through the Holy Spirit.

Let me spell it out, for you.  We can’t do it, ALONE!! We need each other, as we pray for our country’s leaders.

 

Barry Brindisi

Author of "You Are Not A Lesser Human".

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