Politics of the Kingdom (III)

Pastoral Reflections

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior. (1 Tim. 2:1-3)  

These words were penned by Paul while in the depths of antagonism from both Jewish and Roman authorities. In these verses, Paul gives Timothy (and us) a perspective that transcends human politics.

It is worthwhile to note that preceding this admonition, Paul clarified that the set of commands following were so that Timothy may fight the battle well, holding on to faith and a good conscience.

We are sometimes tempted to see prayer in a rather passive light, but Paul offers it as an active Christian response to all kinds of political conditions. It serves the Kingdom in, at least, three ways.

First, it acknowledges God’s authority as supreme. It is not very difficult to lose sight of God’s surpassing authority within the maze of human politics, and we begin to see humans as makers or breakers of our hope.

Second, it moderates our own fleshly political passions. Prayers can renew our hope when outcomes are not our preference. Conversely, they can tame our arrogance when things go our way.

Finally, it unifies us as a people like a chord. Amid individual, differing perspectives; common prayer is an active engagement that unites us under our Supreme Ruler.

The next time flesh rises up as you engage politics, I urge you to come to the place of prayer. If it rears its head between brothers and sisters, it may be a good moment to stop in our tracks and just hold hands together in prayer to the one true God. __________________________________________________________________________________________
Donald Nwankwo
The Light of Christ Anglican Church
4000 W. Yale Ave.
Denver, CO 80219