I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence (1 Timothy 2:1-2).
When the pulpit is silenced by government, it is a travesty of justice; when it is silent because of the perceived cost, it is sin. The pulpit is not the place of politics, but it is to be the moral platform of any nation. There is no place in the pulpit for moral cowards.
On this day, the 242 birthday of the American Republic, we ask how a pastor, a parent, and the common Christian must engage in matters of moral importance in the political realm.
First, we should teach what the Bible says about obeying (Romans 13:1-7) and honoring (1 Peter 2:13-17) our civil leaders and the laws of the land. A nation that is lawless concerning the Bible will be lawless toward civil authority.
Second, be encouraged to pray for those in authority over you (1 Timothy 2:1-2). God commands that we pray “for” the leaders God has given us; not to pray against them. Pray for God to make it possible for His people to live quietly, peacefully, godly, and reverently.
Third, we need to model godly praying on behalf of our leaders. Teach not only by your words but with your actions.
Fourth, be aware of what the Bible says about moral issues concerning government and laws, and how they affect your life as a citizen of Heaven. Learn how government actions honor or dishonor Christ. The Christian has a responsibility to be a voice for Biblical morality and godliness in society.