1 Timothy 2:1-2 (New International Version)
2 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
Departing from the monarchical tradition of Britain, the founding fathers of the United States created a system in which the American people had the power and responsibility to select their leader. Under this new order, George Washington, the first U.S. president, was elected in 1789. At the time, only white men who owned property could vote, but the 15th, 19th and 26th Amendments to the Constitution have since expanded the right of suffrage to all citizens over 18. Taking place every four years, presidential campaigns and elections have evolved into a series of fiercely fought and sometimes controversial, contests, now played out in the 24-hour news cycle.
Now that the election is over and we start seeing the results the question comes what is the proper response for Christians following the election? Let take a look at a few things that we should do.
1. Respect the office of the president.
Even if you disagree with the social and political views of the man in the office, the office is still to be respected. "The authorities that exist have been established by God" (Romans 13:1-2).
2. Do what is right and Obey the Law.
"For rulers do not hold terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong" (Romans 13:3-4). "Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient,..." (Titus 3:1).
3. Pray for Public Officials.
"I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone -- for kings and all those in authority, . . . This is good, and pleases God our Savior" (1 Tim 2:1-3).
4. Influence government for good.
"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is not longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men" (Matthew 5:13).
Dear Lord we pray for the President and his administration, the Congress, courts, military and others in authority. We pray that we will pray privately, publicly, in our homes, churches, college chapels, staff meetings and beyond. In Jesus’ name, Amen.