“Put them in mind (Remind them) to be subject to principalities (rulers) and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers (various) lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.”Titus 3:1-3
One morning, my good friend Ben sent me a preaching message that I thought would be an encouraging springboard for my day. I played the podcast message and I was intrigued, convicted, and then found guilty of what the message conveyed. The preacher discussed how we are to treat our leaders and those in charge of making decisions. Much to my chagrin, it did not give me tips on how to be sarcastic or poke fun at their expense, but rather how I was to reverence and pray for those whom God has allowed in leadership. I must say that I did not like this as it seemed to zap the fun and purpose out of some of my day.
I love to listen to political podcasts as they provide me up-to-date news about what is going on and the dialogue does not speak highly of our current leadership. I laugh at some of the comments and nod my head in agreement as points are made. I have never been encouraged to pray for our leadership in any of the podcasts I listen to, but instead my disdain grows and I share the finer points of my disgust with my wife. Just the night before Ben sent me the message, I showed an Instagram post to my wife that I found to be quite funny, and she did as well. The post included a photo that demeaned our current president. I was convicted as the leader of my home that I was promoting something that was not in obedience to these verses and I was not leading as I should.
We are currently embroiled in one of the most tumultuous times of recent history and the world seems to be in a hot mess. It is not hard to find negative things to say as our country appears to be falling apart at the seams. We have lost our footing as a nation, and there are memes and negative posts strewn about social media that do not speak highly of our administration. I have “liked”, “hearted”, and “retweeted” some of these posts and have shared them with friends and family. I have not sent out prayer requests for Biden or our leadership, but I have instead spoken evil of him. I did not take the time to pray for his soul or for him to be granted the wisdom he needs to lead our great country. I only sought holes in his character to tear him down and make fun of him. I heard from the message on how we are to pray for our leaders and how we are not to speak evil of them. I was convicted by this and knew I needed to make some changes.
I began to realize that I was not simply belittling Biden, but I was belittling the leadership God had put in place. How can I tell my kids to respect me and the authority God has given me when I am not willing to do the same? I was a hypocrite for expecting something from my kids that I have not been doing myself. They have heard my ridicule of our president, and I have not been the best example to them. I failed to see my own shortcomings and the wickedness of my own heart, and I was convicted to change how I view this leadership and pray for them. I am asking God to help me with my wicked heart, and for His strength to be subject to those He has placed in authority.
Where are you today friend? Do you find yourself speaking evil of leadership? Do you take potshots at our president? Do you pray for those in government and others to whom you are subject? How about your boss? Spouse? Pastor? Do you consider yourself and see your own sin? What impact will your prayers have on those in charge who desperately need a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? I will promise you that nothing will change if all we do is complain and ridicule instead of doing what we have been commanded to do. What changes will you make today? May we be quick to get on our knees and slow to open our mouths to speak evil of another. God help us to pray for those in leadership and may we see changes that only He can make.