Can Christians worship God without their favorite President, or without America?
Recently a fellow posted the following on the CBN News Facebook page (a public post).
I’m sure Douglas meant well, but his post is troublesome in many ways, as it sadly displays the faithless heart of America, and many professing Christians.
First, I’m not aware of one Christian that will not pray for their president.
Second, this type of thought exhibits a lack of faith, which is characteristic of most Americans. The primary problem with America is not the Whitehouse, it’s the Church-house and sin. Most of America’s Christendom is lukewarm (Laodicea) or dead (Sardis). And when things are going well (or not), let us praise the Lord, not our President.
Thirdly, and most importantly – God is Sovereign. Except for sin, there is nothing that can prevent a truly saved born-again Christian from worshiping the Lord. The Lord’s church (Christ’s bride) will worship the Lord through better or worse, through richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, in life or death. Through triumph or tragedy, persecution or praise, liberty or incarceration, constitution or no constitution, through friend or foe; and even forever in glory.
Yes Douglas is correct. Christians that reside in America need to pray for every president. But, Christians need to be less American, and more like Christ.
As Jesus said in Matthew 10:28, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
As Paul said in Romans 8:31-39,
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Please read the entire chapter here.
The solution to our problem is not politics. It’s the pulpit, and the preaching and proclaiming of the glorious Gospel out on the highways and hedges.