Facebook offers up such a unique and unprecedented look into people’s lives on a much wider scale. As the election results were coming in last night it became very clear, very quick, that President Obama was going to be re-elected. Then statuses started to roll down like water. If we are to give glory to God in our eating and drinking and in all that we do, most certainly our Facebook statuses should give glory to God as well. I saw many which did, and many which did not. One of best one that I saw was from my friend, Rich: “I am not sad about the man in the oval office. America has spoken. I am sad about what America has said.”
Others ranged from disappointment to cynicism to sinful sarcasm to joy (yes, some were happy about the re-elction) to acknowledgement that God is sovereign over every leader we have. On the day after I am left with a stark realization that I do not prayer for my leaders enough. I have probably spent more time typing this post then I have praying for President Obama this week. Shameful. So, as I seek to remedy that problem in the coming days and weeks Peter leaves me with a good reminder from my devotions this morning.
“Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.” (I Peter 2:13-17)
I Timothy 2:1-2 offers a practical response to this truth in I Peter 2. Pray, intercede and give thanks for our leaders despite their faults because it is for the Lord’s sake. Not the politicians sake.