Prayer Call Detail — Governing Authorities in the US
I placed a post on my personal Facebook Page and thought it wise to follow-up with a post on our ministry site. A call for prayer for authorities, of course, is based on Scripture (1 Timothy 2:1-4), but some detail might help. Over half of my Facebook friends are in the Philippines and several are in other nations. Many of them pay close attention to what happens in the US. Like reading the news in the US, however, they are often swayed by harsh or inflammatory language in media or from well-meaning people. As a result, sometimes concepts of what is happening are mistaken. Because news has been so inflammatory itself in the last year, we have had several friends in the US react in fear or be dismayed. I have not seen that happen before as it has this year. While I am not a news expert, I was trained in my own profession to double and triple check information to make sure what I was concluding was true and to detect bias. However, most of my friends overseas and some in the US only look at one source or rely on Social Media, which is a really bad choice for seeing what should be addressed in prayer. If you can bear with me, here is some general guidance:
- The US is going through a normal hand-over from one presidential administration to another. It is almost never very smooth. The steps in involve hundreds of offices where there are appointed positions (nearly every part of the government). The real work that is done has to be done by a combination of career employees who see appointed people depart and then arrive as newcomers. It is extremely laborious and hard work. This year is harder because of the general unrest from the election process, the late action on the part of President Trump to start the process, and the impact of the mob that briefly invaded spaces in the Capitol building a couple days ago. So, pray for this process of transition: that is be orderly–people be civil and professional (going out and coming in).
- Prayer is needed for the transition between departing and incoming cabinet staffs. Resignations are occurring in the middle of all the turmoil. If they occur without proper preparation, the incoming staff has a much tougher time getting oriented quickly. If those going out or coming in have unprofessional attitudes or are unfriendly, it really complicates turnover of important business. This transition has more upheaval than most, so there is even more importance for this to happen correctly.
- President Trump can make the current situation much better or much worse, depending on what he says and how he says it. There is not, I believe, a danger in the government falling apart, but much of the unrest comes down to behavior and attitude of the current President. While Vice President Pence is a sound man, as comments from both parties have indicated, he is also in a very precarious position. He is also one of those still closest to the President. What he does and does not do — and how he does it — will be critical, along with the President’s actions, in how smoothly the government goes through the next 10 days.
- Leadership in both houses are shocked at what occurred a few days ago (the mob that took over parts of the Capitol building for a few hours). Regardless, they have a job to do. If they concentrate on revenge-oriented actions and make their speeches or statements inflammatory (going out of power or coming in), it will make the transition difficult AND make future atmosphere in the legislative branches unable to effectively respond to real needs. Just like the presidential teams, it comes down to behavior and attitude of each elected official. I will tell you that I have never seen this part of government so inflammatory in their statements, so insistent on getting their own way, and so uncooperative in general. If this continues, the people will suffer in the long run, and that is not what good government is all about.
- Pray for sensible fiscal policy, especially as driven by the legislative branches. They are the ones responsible for the budget generation and passage before the President ever sees it. The US spends more than it makes, and printing money continues to be the way to meet needs. We are headed, unless this next few years changes things, to a disaster. If the US fails to arrest its spending habits and there is a major fall, half the world will be that much more affected — especially developing nations. Faylene and I have already seen what happened due to the pandemic. A major economic crash will make current conditions look tame. Again, professional behavior and clarity among congressional representatives that will form in the next month is critical.
- Pray for a sense of the fear of God. We, as a nation, have been morally adrift for some time, but it is steadily getting worse. The Bible shows how a lack of the fear of God results in an increase in lawlessness, upsets in leadership, and the undoing of nations. There is little genuine fear of God that is exhibited, and this can be the undoing of this nation. In an unsteady time such as this, a lack of the fear of God can result in a real lack of wisdom in government. This would not be good.
- All the above points affect the most important things that are in the verses cited from 1 Timothy. A lack of peace among those in authority and a general lawless attitude of parts of a populous or its officials will seriously undermine our ability to share and walk out the Gospel among those who are not saved. The quote is below if you need to read it again.
So, please keep the US in prayer. Because we travel overseas and spend a good bit of our time in developing regions, we know how much US behavior in success or failure of proper government business can seriously affect others. The next few weeks are important.
Roland and Faylene
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 (ESV)