On this Inauguration Day....
In the early years of the Church, Emperor Nero ruled the Roman Empire. Nero's infamous persecution of the Church resulted in widespread oppression and the martyrdom of many Christian leaders, including the probable beheading of the Apostle Paul. And yet, the Church grew and flourished. And, Paul instructed and urged his mentee Timothy to pray for Nero and his leaders - the very leaders who would eventually kill him.
Today our country experienced the peaceful transfer of power as Biden and Harris were inaugurated as the 46th President and Vice President of the United States. In the years ahead, their leadership will sometimes align with God's Kingdom values, and sometimes they won't. Regardless, Jesus' commands to "go and make disciples" and "love your neighbors" remains. And Paul's words to Timothy, and us, persist.
Political persuasions aside, let us ask the Lord for strength to be faithful to our commitment to the Kingdom and to pray for our leaders.
“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. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles. Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.” 1 Timothy 2:1-8 NIV