13th May 2015

Submitting and Praying for our Leaders

After the results of last week's general election emerged the Independent posted an online article called "The 8 big questions emerging from the fallout of a shock general election result".

Whether you are particularly shocked by the election result, or not, a 'big question' for any Christian (unsurprisingly not mentioned in the article) is 'how will you respond'? There has been plenty of response (both Christian and non-Christian) in the past few days, some of it helpful, some of it less so. The Bible, though, does have some things to say on the matter of Christians' attitude towards our government and civic leaders.

We should submit
"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." (1 Peter 2 v13-14)

John Calvin commenting on this passage said "If we have respect to the word of God, it will lead us farther, and make us subject not only to authority of those princes who honestly and faithfully perform their duty toward us, but all princes, by whatever means they have so become, although there is nothing they less perform than the duty of princes." (Calvin, Institutes, bk 4, chp 20 section 24)

We should pray
"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." (1 Timothy 2 v1-2)

For some helpful pointers on praying for our government please see the Christians in Parliament website.

Wherever you are on the political spectrum; whether you are happy, sad or indifferent about the general election results; if you are a Christian then you are called to 'submit' and to 'pray'. We prayer for our government and nation at our most recent Kingdom Come prayer meeting and we want to do so on other occasions. Please also use your own personal prayer times to pray for our leaders.

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