I will make this brief.
Franklin Graham has issued a call for all Christians to pray for our president because of the so-called unprecedented attack he is under. There is much that could be said about that reasoning; I will only say this:
The leaders Paul admonished Christians to pray for were dictators. There was no democratic government in that time. Christians were being persecuted and killed because they refused to worship the emperor. And yet Paul called on them to pray for all – all – who were leaders.
I believe in praying for our leaders because it’s, well, biblical. But there are no qualifiers in the biblical calls to pray for people in positions of power. We are not called to pray for just the leaders in our preferred party, or with whom we agree on most issues. We are not called to ignore or actively pray against leaders whose political positions do not match our own. We are called to pray for our leaders. Period.
I continually pray for the president, but not for the reasons Mr. Graham has outlined. I will continue to pray for him because that is what I am called to do by Holy Scripture. I have prayed for every president since becoming a Christian, regardless of their politics, and will continue to do so. Because it is…well…biblical.
I also have to say this: Major Evangelical leaders have sold their birthright for a bowl of soup and a few federal judges. They seem to willfully overlook inappropriate conduct in this particular president that would have driven previous presidents out of office. The lack of consistency or integrity that I have witnessed causes me to look upon this appeal with cynical skepticism. I tire of partisan politics infiltrating and overtaking our Christian witness.
To that end, I pray all the more for the Church. I pray that we will become more devoted to Christ than we are to our political preferences, and trust in His power to accomplish His purposes without our having to resort to actions that do not represent the faith we profess.
More later…until then, grace and peace…