Praying for our Government
by Stephen May
Just as the world was shocked when the British people voted to leave the EU so too the world is stunned at the election of Donald Trump as the next President of the USA. People are asking ourselves how could the American people elect someone with, what appears to be, so many character flaws. Even more many Christians are probably asking, ‘where is God in all this?’ I don’t have any great answers.
However, I do have a couple of comments from people much wiser than me. First, a quote from CS Lewis in commenting about our attitude to those we don’t like or don’t agree with, ‘...if they are wrong they need your prayers all the more, and if they are your enemies, then you are under orders to pray for them.’
Secondly, the Archbishop of Canterbury wrote this yesterday in response to the election:
As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office, my continuing prayers are that the United States of America may find reconciliation after a bitter campaign, and that Mr Trump may be given wisdom, insight and grace as he faces the tasks before him. Together we pray for all the people of the United States.
God is still the one to whom we can take all our fears, anxieties, frustrations and he still holds the world together by the might of his hand.