There will always be some people in positions of authority with whom we disagree. There are also some who think they will lead us down the wrong path and do not have our best interests at heart. But, condemnation for Christians is never the answer.
When my father came to America, he wanted to pursue the American dream. He became an American legal citizen from Greece.
He was a chef at the Blue Point restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio, and worked long hours. He wanted a better life for himself, his wife and two daughters. He experienced a premature death due to an injury from World War II. He received a Purple Heart from the President of the United States. His flag is displayed on my mantle above the fireplace.
In recent months, we read in The Daily Independent criticism of presidents that leaves no testimony of our being “one nation under God” and yet we are instructed in the Bible to respect those in authority over us. Rather than criticism, we might find praying for them more effective. Then, and only then, will we live in peace within and without. It is a proven fact. And, in other countries a stiff penalty awaits those who criticize the leaders of their country.
While we do not have to pray like Solomon (1 Kings 8) who stood in front of the altar kneeling and raised his hands toward God, we can at least include our nation and its leaders in our daily devotions, which I am sure many already do. Our work is cut out for us. We owe it to our children, our grandchildren and our military who serve and protect our country 24/7.
If my father were alive today, he would be saddened to see the turmoil and division in our country. But, we can reverse the tide by praying. It all depends on us!