Start Praying Now for the ‘Other’ Candidate

Posted on January 14, 2020

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By David Ettinger

Knowing My Audience
The vast majority of my U.S. readers are politically conservative. As such, they will predominantly be voting for President Trump for re-election.

Outside the States, the majority of my readers are also conservative, and though they can’t vote in U.S. elections, they will be closely watching the November 3, 2020, showdown. Though the majority of my readers are hoping for a Trump re-election, I realize there are exceptions. However, it is my fellow Trump supporters I am addressing here.

Crucial Reminder
I remind you of a few important Bible verses we need to grasp (emphasis added).

  • “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” (1 Timothy 2:1-4).
  • 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).
  • “Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor [or “president,” whoever he or she is]” (1 Peter 2:17).
  • “Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone” (Titus 3:1-2).

Notice how these verses say nothing about political preference or whether or not we like or agree with those in power. We are commanded to pray for them. Period. And remember one other item: These commands were written during the reign of the Roman Empire around the beginning of its Christian persecution.

The Benefits to Believers
Besides being obedient to God’s Word, Christians can reap important benefits by praying for the “other” candidate. Basically, we will be more peaceful and loving.

Whether the Democratic Party nominee is Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, or even Michael Bloomberg, that individual has a good shot at becoming the next president. If that happens, as believers we want that individual to succeed, and for that to happen, we will need to bathe him or her in prayer.

But even more importantly, as believers, we don’t want to succumb to hate. Hate is rampant as the political divide has never been wider. It’s becoming more and more improbable for those on different sides of the political spectrum to speak civilly to one another. When is the last time you heard someone say: “You like Trump, I like Bernie. Oh well, let’s be friends!”?

Christians should never be part of the hatred. I am shocked at the level of acrimony – not to mention bad language – posted on the Facebook and Twitter accounts of professing believers. I know it is difficult to restrain ourselves at times, but as believers in the Lord Jesus, we are to build bridges to share the Gospel, not bury those who disagree with us politically.

If we start praying now – particularly for salvation in Christ – for Biden, Warren, Sanders, Buttigieg, and Bloomberg, it will change our outlooks and attitudes. After all, it is very difficult to hate someone you are praying for to be saved … even if you are praying for the “other” candidate!