I am not a fan of the man who recently took the oath of office as President of the United States. I did not vote for him, nor do I support most of his platform; His administration, its policies, and world-view have been opposed to the divine will, and he swiftly moves to “do evil in the sight of the Lord.” However, I do realize that he is in the position as the leader of the free world, rightfully or wrongfully attained, and in that position, he will in many ways set the course for this nation… at least for a couple of years.
So, how am I supposed to respond? Do I call down fire from Heaven? Absolutely not! I do not have that level of authority (nor do I have that desire).
Rather, I would embrace the same prayer which I asked of those who opposed Trump, to pray for him…
“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:1-2).
Paul is writing these words of exhortation to Timothy while Nero is on the throne of Rome. Nero is as dark a soul as they come – He opposed Christ, attacked the church, and burned Christians for enjoyment. It seems impossible how Paul could pray for this individual.
Though I mourn, though he is presently an enemy of the Cross, as followers of Christ, we do not abandon our prayer to the Sovereign simply because we disagree with the man’s ideals, or disapprove of his character. Rather, we bow the knee before the throne of grace, and petition on Biden’s behalf.
I think some of what Paul is saying is that our tranquility of life is somewhat dependent upon choices made by those in power. Our prayers are that leadership, his leadership, all leadership would be aligned to the will of God. Those decisions in contrast to the commands of the Eternal King bring confusion upon the land… even, at times, inviting judgement.
My first prayer for this man, is that his heart would be pierced by the conviction of the Holy Spirit. I pray that he would have a clear understanding of sin, and righteousness, and judgment (John 16). I pray that he would come to know the God of all Creation through the saving work of Jesus Christ.
No, I do not believe that his current expression of religion has, or is even able to lead him to a saving knowledge of Christ. Nor, do I believe the fruit of his life speaks to one which is connected to the Vine. Can he be? Certainly. God is all about saving the lost.
Without that relationship by faith with the Divine, Biden is likely to lead us down some pretty bumpy roads, without shock absorbers.
The best for this nation, and certainly for the man himself, is that he would be washed clean, indwelt with the Holy Spirit, and that any decisions made would be a right reflection of God’s will for this nation – that he would govern through the lenses of Scripture – “in godliness and dignity.”
From what I observe, I am not optimistic. Honestly, from my human perspective, I have very little hope. However, none of us has any hope absent the intervention of a merciful God who “so loved the World.” I had no hope for myself except that the compassionate God of Heaven reached down to this broken, through Christ, and drew me to Himself.
And He still does draw people… Should President Biden ever repent, and bow the knee to Christ, I pray that I would be one of the first to welcome him to the Fold.
“The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes” (Proverbs 21:1).
“Lord, turn his heart toward you, we pray!”
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