Happy Memorial Day, let us remember those who have since past on who served our country. When was the last war in which our soldiers actually were sent to war to defend this nation? 1812? WWII? certainly not any of the modern conflicts in which rich white men sent our sons and daughters to die for their agenda. Nate talks about this and much more.
Paul urges us in 1 Timothy chapter 2 to pray for our leaders. Paul speaking to Timothy at the time had in mind the government of Rome, maybe even the Juresulam church at which Paul had differences with. Why would Paul want this? While Christians were being persecuted Paul took seriously the words of Christ, “they know not what they do.”
Now we do not face the persecution of ancient Rome, as Christians our persecution is based on our governments belief system. If it is not followed by society we feel we are some how persecuted as if we are being strung up to a cross.
Furthermore at the time of Paul, Christians and peoples of other religions throughout the centuries believed in “the divine right as kings.”
Many Christians in our society we look at the president as the divine authority when in fact the president holds no such right according to our constitution. He is a leader yet we in America have the right to protest without fear. Not like ancient peoples. So no you do not have to pray for the president or any other elected official. It is our right if one is to properly exgete 1 timothy 2 into proper historical context.
So what can we take away from this short study? How do we apply it to today. Simply pray if you wish, for all people. Yes, I suggest we pray for our leaders, if our ancient brothers did under torturous conditions why shouldn’t we. Yet do not be fooled into thinking that you must, or you must submit. You are perfectly free under Christ to resist. Our ancient brothers did not submit either, they refused to bow before evil but died rather than bless the “gods” of man.
God bless you this day!