PRAY FOR OUR LEADERS
How should we as Christians prepare ourselves as our nation goes to the poll on 10 July, 2020? Yes, our ultimate home is in the kingdom of God, the life of the world to come. But as Jeremiah exhorted Israel in their exile, we are called “to seek the welfare of [our] city… and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare [we] will find [our] welfare (Jeremiah 29:7).”
We are to participate actively in public life and play our part for its flourishing – economically, socially, and spiritually. Jesus reinforced this understanding by calling His followers to be salt and light of the world; to “let [our] light shine before others, so that they may see [our] good works and give glory to [our] Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5:13-16)”. So as citizens in a democratic society like Singapore, let us consider prayerfully our choices as we vote on polling day. But as the vote is cast, its outcome comes from the LORD (Proverbs 16:33). Paul tells us that “there is no authority except that which God has established (Romans 13:1).” So as the new government is formed, let us submit to their leadership and do our part to support good initiatives and policies (Romans 13:5).
Let us continue to pray for our political leaders whoever they may be so that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness (1 Timothy 2:1-2), not just for human flourishing, but more importantly for the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. “This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4).
Rev. David Lee