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Pastor's Column

Why I Am Praying for President Biden

  Joe Biden will be sworn in as the President of the United States and take office today. Since he is a Roman Catholic, President-elect Biden will most likely place his right hand on a Bible when he takes this oath of office. "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

  Whether you voted for Joe Biden or not, he is the United States president and needs our prayers. The Apostle Paul was possibly awaiting trial in Rome for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ when he wrote to young Pastor Timothy. “I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2 New Living Translation)

  Even though Roman Caesars were not exactly friends of the early Christians, Paul told Timothy to pray for them. This same directive applies to Christians today. We need to pray for the President and all our government leaders. Why? Because we pray that the President will have the wisdom and the courage to do what is right according to God's will. The Old Testament judged the Kings of Israel by one standard. Did they do what God said or not?

  Why should we pray for President Biden? Because when the President governs well, our nation is better off, and we can live in peace. Isn’t that what all of us as Americans should want?

  Praying for the President does not mean we have to agree with him. When the religious lawyers of Israel asked Jesus about paying taxes to Caesar, He answered, “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.” (Matthew 22:21) We respect the office but do not have to obey rules or regulations that disagree with God's instructions. When the High Priest told the Disciples to stop talking about Jesus, they answered, “We must obey God rather than any human authority.” (Acts 5:29)

  I am praying that God will be with President Biden and use him to bless our nation. But I am not putting my trust in him. Like the author of Psalm 118:9, my faith is in the Lord God, not in government leaders. "It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.”

  Please join with other Christians and me in praying for President Biden. He needs our prayers, God's guidance, and wisdom. We need a President who will lead our nation well.


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