January 20, 2021
TUPELO, Miss.— In light of the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States, American Family Association (AFA, www.AFA.net) released the following statement encouraging Christians to pray for President Biden:
“Just what does it mean to pray for our leaders? In 1 Timothy 2;1-3 the Apostle Paul urges ‘that entreaties and prayer, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.’
“All those in favor of not doing what is ‘good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,’ please raise your hand.
“Some Christians will undoubtedly say that no believer in Jesus Christ should pray for President Joe Biden, a man who supports abortion, sexual immorality, and will support LGBTQ ‘progress’ even at the expense of religious liberty. But then what are we to do with the exhortation of the Apostle Paul?
“However, just because one prays for President Joe Biden does not mean the prayer is meant to invoke God’s blessing on his unbiblical policies. One could, conceivably, pray for his conversion or for God to prevent him from carrying out wickedness.
“Moreover, the Apostle Paul does not appear to restrict the command to pray for leaders in any way. He does not say, ‘Pray for good leaders, but not for bad leaders.’ In fact, one could make the argument that Christians have more reason to pray for wicked leaders than good ones.
“It is right to pray for God to give President Joe Biden godly wisdom and compassion; it is right to ask God to protect him and his family from harm; it is right to pray for God to give the new president a heart that responds to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
“The vicious Nero was emperor when Paul wrote 1 Timothy 2––the same Nero, ironically, who, according to Christian tradition, ordered the execution of Paul and the Apostle Peter. If Paul could urge Christians to pray for Nero, then we can certainly pray for President Joe Biden.”
For over 40 years, AFA has operated within the mission to inform, equip, and activate individuals to strengthen the moral foundations of American culture and give aid to the church here and abroad in its task of fulfilling the Great Commission. Find AFA Action Alerts here.
AFA—founded in 1977—has long been on the front lines of America’s culture war. Today, AFA is one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country, with nearly a million online supporters and approximately 160,000 subscribers to the AFA Journal, the ministry’s monthly magazine. In addition, AFA owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio banner.
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