This may go without saying, but kids pick up on a lot of things. More so than we think they do anyways. One topic I’ve noticed my soon-to-be 7 year old is aware of is the presidential election. While watching a news channel’s coverage of ‘You Decide 2016,’ my daughter entered the room, heard the commentators and asked me if a certain candidate was “still in the game.” I laughed for a second and told her no, but we’re going to pray for the winner regardless.
Now, I realize that may have touched a nerve with some readers, but scripture tells us to pray for our leaders:
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” (1 Timothy 2:1-6)
Let’s examine some of these verses in more detail, shall we? First, God wants us to make humble and earnest prayers or intercessions for all men. No, we may not have a king, but these prayers should be made “for all that are in authority.” This is needed so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. Moreover, the Bible tells us this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.
Our government and leaders are not our savior, but they are in positions of power. Speaking of power, the 13th chapter of Romans tells us to be subject unto the higher powers. No, this doesn’t mean we do bow down to Baal or do something sinful just because President XYZ or Governor 123 commands. If and when that ever happens, obey God over men:
“And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them,
Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us.
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:27-29)
This, I believe, is where prayer comes into play. Ask God to give our leaders wisdom. Ask the Lord to provide them with good counselors. Actually, make it a point to request that the president and other leaders get together and crack open that Bible they hear Christians talking about every election cycle. When you’re done praying, be sure and read your Bible.
We are all sinners (Romans 3:23), and we know that the hearts and minds of sinners can be change. The same goes for politicians regardless of the consonant or vowel next to his or her name. So, if and when your child looks at you and says, ‘Daddy, is (candidate’s name here) still in the game?’ don’t respond with anger and gripe about things being rigged and having to vote for the lesser of two heathens. Be smart. Tell your child that we’re going to pray for the winner regardless. Once the election is over, follow through on that statement and make supplications for all who are in authority. “The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will” (Proverbs 21:1).