One hundred days into the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, controversy over his leadership continues to rage. The political divide is increasing and some are even wishing for his failure.
How, exactly, is a follower of Christ called to respond to our political leaders–whether or not we agree with them? What can we do?
Pray: As with everything else, prayer should be our default response. If we are not praying regularly for our leaders, we don’t have the right to say anything about our leaders. As we spend time with our Father, we can be more confident that we are reflecting His heart and speaking wise words, worthy to be heard by others (2 Chronicles 7:14; Ephesians 6:18).
Influence: Believers must personally uphold any standards they wish to see in the lives and activity of their leaders, standards like honesty, integrity, compassion, trustworthiness, and sound fiscal stewardship. Being above reproach in these, and other, areas lends us the credibility to have influence in the political/social spheres of our lives. (1 Timothy 4:12).
Encourage: Speaking up in support of righteous, honest, and compassionate action is an effective way of encouraging more of this behavior from our leaders. Appreciation for deeds well done is a meaningful and appropriate response (Romans 12:6-8; Acts 20:2).
When we serve up this political PIE, we are reflecting our Lord. As we pray, influence, and encourage, we are more likely to see results that reflect His Kingdom, rather than this Earth, which is not our home.