How should Christians respond to the President?



Question: “As a Christian, how do I respond to a President or elected officer that I disagree with?”



Bible Answers

There has been a lot of division over the election of our President. Some in blind support and some in blind hatred, doing all they can to vilify and tear the President down. This has been the way of the world and may Christians are also following Satan’s world rather than following God’s Word.


So how are Christian instructed by God to respond to a President?


God puts leaders in power

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God (Romans 13:1).


He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings (Daniel 2:2).


God’s response to rebels

Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves (Romans 13:2).


Christians are to pray for our leaders, including our President, for protection, wisdom, and Godly direction.

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 2:1-2).


Christians are to be loving.

We should strive to be people who embody gentleness and love, and who control our tongues when having disagreements. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law (Galatians 5:22-23).


The ultimate evidence we are God’s people is our ability to love others, includes those in office.

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another (John 13:35).


If you disagree with a Presidential decision, rather than taking it to Facebook, take it to the Lord.

humble themselves and pray and seek my face (2 Chronicles 7:14).


We may not understand why God has put someone in office, but let us believe and trust that God knows what is best to fulfill His plan. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).


What should we do? Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors … For such is the will of God (1 Peter 2:13-15).


You may or may not believe that the best candidate was elected, but we all are called by God to pray that they will succeed in leading our country with Godly wisdom, guidance, and righteousness.


Summary

Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save (Psalm 146:3). Let us not put our future hope in a political messiah, but in the Messiah who controls our future.  If you want to improve your future and the future of the nation, solicit God’s blessings for our leaders in prayer.


In summary, do not degrade and tear down those you disagree with, those God has put in office, but in Christian obedience and love, pray for them, pray for the Lord’s guidance and wisdom, pray for His righteous blessings for all of our leaders.



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