Praying for Our President

After every Presidential election, there are those who love the newly installed President of the United States of America and those who abhor America’s choice. There are also those who remain neutral or indifferent to it all.

President-elect Donald J. Trump has elicited more negative and even contemptible responses as any president in my lifetime. He is an extremely polarizing person.

Personally, I have my own likes and dislikes in terms of the person in our highest office. I loved Jimmy Carter and disliked Lyndon B Johnson. In retrospect, LBJ is rated as one of most effective President in my lifetime while Jimmy Carter lingers closer to the bottom of the list. …So much for my opinion. (I was in high school during Johnson’s tenure after the assassination of JFK and the Vietnam War greatly influenced my feelings toward our Commander in Chief). 

One of the things that surprise me is how pastors and churches speak about our sitting President. I believe it is part of the democratic process to ‘choose up sides’ and maybe even ‘stump’ for the candidate of your choice, but once it is all said and done, we should support the one who has been elected.

I recall being in a church and the preaching pastor poked fun at President Obama and then proceeded to vilify him from the pulpit. I was greatly saddened by the disrespect shown to our President. Like him or not, he was our president and deserved to be spoken about with respect and dignity even when disagreeing with him.

Rather than continue the negative rhetoric about whoever is in office, we should pray for him. The President of the United States of America should be able to take solace in the fact that every Christian in our nation is praying for him regardless of political or personal agendas.

Over the years, I have had my druthers in terms of who is elected and subsequently holds the highest office in the land. In fact, there have been presidential platforms, agendas and decisions that I have abhorred over the years, but in every case, I have always tried to speak respectfully of our president and I have always prayed for whoever is in office. 

The Bible teaches us that “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.” Romans 13:1-2. In America, this verse is much easier to live out since we live in a free country, which also happens to be the best place in the world to reside.

So, regardless of how you feel about soon to be President Donald J. Trump, remember that he will be our President and in need of our respect and our prayers.

Something to think about…