Praying for our leaders

I am praying for Donald Trump, and I want you to join me.

I have, in the past, been quite critical of Donald Trump in my social media posts. Although I stand by my convictions about the persona he projects on our national stage (hubris, misogyny, vulgarity, opportunism, etc.), I want to repent of any intentions I had to try and dissuade you from voting for him in the upcoming election.

I repent from the idea that we need to elect a man who represents us. I repent from the idea that we get to choose our leaders, or that we should get to choose them. I repent of all of the bitterness I have espoused in the past relative to one leader or another.

This doesn’t just go for our elected officials either. It also goes for the managers I have worked for and the police officers I have been pulled over by. It goes for all of my teachers and team captains. Too often I have allowed myself to dwell on the incorrect idea that I could do better.

Friend, none of us can do any better. And we do not truly choose our leaders. I have often mused that we always seem to wind up with the President that we all deserve. As if there were some sort of political karma, I have rested on the idea that I was a victim of the society of which I am a part.

But what kind of insanity is that? How can I be a victim of a group that I am a card-carrying member of? Better stated, how can I stand here, as a pot, and call the kettle black? Yes, often the Emperor has no clothes, but where are my white robes? And why should I accept the idea that we are in decline and that the leadership we will have will decline along with us?

So here is what I am doing, and I challenge you to do the same. I am laying aside my own opinions. I am connecting with God the Father and praying for our current President and for all of the candidates on BOTH sides of the aisle.

I am relying on God to choose my leaders.

I am praying for Donald Trump. Won’t you pray for him, too?

Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.  –Romans 13:1

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