I once got a phone call and I was reminded of 1 Timothy 2:1-8 which Paul calls the church to “of first importance” give themselves to pray for the lost, because God is not getting the worship from them He deserves. Verse 2 includes those in high authority, politicians. When he wrote this, the evil man Nero was emperor, yet the church are called to pray for him!

In our day we tend to ridicule and make light and slander those who “oppose” our views. Some to be sure are not Godly. So what is God’s call to you? According to the Bible it is to pray for their salvation!

If God was to number the times you have interceded for the lost soul of a president and his family, a king or queen and their families compared to the amount of times you may have chosen to slander, mock, which on His scale would come up?

ARE YOU A MOCKER OR AN INTERCESSOR?

The answer will be which Kingdom you are pursuing to promote, ? Are your friends mockers or Intercessors at your church?

Are you obedient to His command in this passage or disobedient?

The passage speaks of praying for the purpose that we lead quiet and peaceable lives. Who does not want that? But the context says the reasons we pray for those in authority , like rulers, for their salvation also so that the GOSPLE may be furthered. THis is the purpose of the quiet and peaceable life Paul speaks of. We want it for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom.

Paul goes on to say that the believers RESPONSIBILITY is to live in society and with “Godly” and “dignified” lives. Godly speaks of reverently and dignified speaks of right behaviour. So these are to MARK THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST in society to those who are in authority….

1. WE PRAY FOR THEIR SALVATION
2. WE PRAY FOR QUIET AND PEACABLE LIVES FOR THE PURPOSE OF BEING ABLE TO PROMOTE THE GOSPEL IN THAT CULTURE
3. WE TESTIFY TO THEM BY PROGRESSIVELY LIVING GODLY AND DIGNIFED LIVES BEFORE THEM.

IS that the reality of our TESTIMONY? Is this the reality of my testimony…. is this the reality of YOURS?

It is far too easy to fall into the trap of slandering people when one’s goal is the furtherance of an earthly kingdom. It is another thing to behold when a people have a Heavenly understanding of God’s Kingdom and pray to that end and TESTIFY in their surroundings.

By all means vote, if you have that privilege ; By all means be involved but by NO MEANS SLANDER, OR SEEK TO PLACE SOMEONE IN POWER FOR YOUR OWN SELF CERNETERD PURPOSES TO THE EXCLUSION OF WHAT JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR… THE SOUL of the POLITICANS YOU MAY JUST BE MOCKING.

From time to time I get chain emails telling us to that someone , or some party will ruin THE country, …”our way of living will be ruined if they get in” Oh my, have we sunk so low that we have forgot Jesus COMMANDS us to pray for the souls of men and Testify to them. Are we so self centered , that we consider the number 1 aim of our existence to make sure we are comfortable and happy? At all costs we must “fight” to preserve our way of living; Above all ,our own comfort and prosperity and to “Hell~” if necessary with the individual who opposes us in achieving OUR “dream”. What about the reality? = people die and go to a living HELL for eternity. While Christians -{Some but profess His Name but as Phillippians 3 say they , by their lives are “enemies of the Cross of CHRIST ” for they habitually seek the things and set their hearts on this world Phil 3:19} some are fighting hard for their temporal life of comfort, forgetting CHRIST DIED FOR SINNERS and He commands we pray for thier SALVATION!

Indeed our words and exertions reveal which Kingdom we are ultimatley¬† pursuing, don’t they?

TIME for the church to repent of seeking first an earthly kingdom for its own comfort, rather than seeking first to further the cross of Christ. Is it time you repented of prayerlesness for those in authority? I know it is for… me

PRAY….

“for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” – 1 Timothy 2:2