Christians disagree about how involved we should be in government. Some believe we should not be involved at all and not even vote in elections. Others think we should use the government as a way to promote Christianity. Most Christians adopt a position somewhere between these two extremes. We need to look at what the Bible says about this subject.
We are commanded to pray for our government leaders.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,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 2:1,2)
The command is found in the Old Testament as well as the New.
But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. (Jeremiah 29:7)
This was what Jeremiah told the exiles in Babylon to do. Since Christians are citizens of Heaven we are in the same position as those exiles; we are exiled from our native land and living in a foreign country. This is true even if we are living in the country in which we were born. Read the rest of this entry