BY KEVIN WELBORN
Since turning 35 a few months ago, one thought has crept into my mind several times. There is no coincidence that this is an election year AND I am just now old enough to be President of the United States of America. It must be fate. Nay, it is providence! Please disregard the millions that meet the presidential age requirement as well, this is not their destiny, it’s mine!
My VP picks would be (in order): Roger Staubach, Franklin Graham, and one of the guys from Dude Perfect.
Vice President Staubach scorches Putin with late rally at G8 summit. Why are we shocked? He’s been doing this for over 40 years!
Vice President Graham drops plane loads of supplies on impoverished area!
Vice President Dude Perfect knocks an apple off of the top of the Kremlin with a Frisbee!
Maybe I should run for president, all of these sound pretty incredible!
Seriously, people. Why would anyone in his or her right mind desire the be the President? Long hours, stress, tons of meetings with dignitaries and lobbyists. And, then, Hobby Lobbyists. This has to be excruciating! Every action that you would take could potentially be newsworthy, no matter how tiny the action or its consequences might be.
Here is the truth.
Thinking about politics right now makes me sick. I know that you could find numerous blogs and articles that deal with the way that Christians should vote this November. I know our choices are bleak.
So, what are we to do as believers? We do have one direct command… pray for those in authority over us. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 says,
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. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
So, to finish the title sentence, “The next president will clearly be… someone we need to pray for.” It is imperative that we pray for our governmental leaders, not so that we have our itches scratched, but instead that more people would respond to the Good News of Jesus Christ.
I have grown weary of hearing politicians say that we must “talk to one another” and that that will solve our problems. It is my contention that we talk too much, and only talk. The line of communication that should be opened is that between the Ancient of Days and the redeemed.
A few thousand years ago, God changed the heart of the Pharaoh. He is as powerful now as He was then. To see true reform, we must realize that revival does not begin at the White House, but at your church house.
When was the last time you complained about a politician? When was the last time you prayed for him or her?
If the former is more recent than the latter, you are part of the problem.
Vote Welborn/Staubach 2016!
Kevin Welborn is the pastor at Highland Baptist Church in Clovis, NM. He is married and has two daughters. He loves his native Texas, sports, and exploring creation. The most famous person he has ever met is someone you have never heard of. You can contact Kevin on Twitter at @theKevinWelborn.