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During this Election: Who Should Christians Pray For?

October 30, 2012

Christians are called to a life of humble character far above and beyond what the rest of the world expects.  We are to keep our conduct honorable among unbelievers, so that we might live above reproach and so they may see our good deeds and glorify God.  Part of that honorable life is a life lived in submission to the earthly authorities and institutions that God has placed over us.  We are to do this for presidents, and governors not just for our own sake, but for the sake of the Lord.  We are to live as a people who are free, not just free politically but free eternally.  Therefore we are to honor everyone; love our brothers and sisters in Christ; Fear our God, and honor the emperor.

 

 

1 Peter 2:12-17

12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. 13 Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. 16 Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. 17 Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

We find that in 1 Peter, Peter gives us the ethic that should inform evangelical Christians.   He says in chapter 2, “ Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.  Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.  Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.”

Christians are to live as a people who are free.  We are not bound to political parties or constrained by ideologies.  We are to show honor to everyone, above that honor we are to love our brothers and sisters in Christ, we are to fear God and we are to honor those he has placed in government above us.

So as you honor those above you, ask yourself, “Have I prayed this week for my president?”  “I am living subject to Human institutions, or am I trying to find loopholes in the system?”

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