How Christians Should Treat the President
As Christians, we have a mandate from God concerning our leaders, including:
“Do not blaspheme God or curse the ruler of your people.” (Exodus 22:28)
“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans 13:1)
These two verses tell us that we should not speak evil of our president. Yes, we can speak out against wicked laws or policies. Many of the prophets did the same thing, and I’d go as far as to say God even ordains us to be the conscience of our leaders and to hold them accountable to His laws.
But we must NEVER disrespect the president directly or speak evil of him personally. This is an area I have certainly fallen short in the past, which was a sin. However, we must not allow ourselves to do this, as I see many conservatives falling victim of this sin in the comments on conservative news blogs.
Secondly, we must remember that God, for reasons we may not understand now, has ordained any particular presidency. It may be to punish our country for sin. It may be to usher in the end of times soon. Or Perhaps God will break our economy and punish us that way. We do not know. But we must recognize the authority of our government, and obey it in all things that do not contradict God’s laws and commands.
That means paying your taxes, and so forth. You may only disobey government if they force you to directly go against God’s command (ie, if they made a law to stop sharing the gospel, we may disobey that law).
Finally, we need to pray like never before. Pray for our president. Pray for our country. Pray for the lost to be saved.