I recently read an interview of Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. (That's a mouthful.) I appreciated the whole interview, but especially this response, "I have disagreements with President Obama on some crucially important things, such as matters of life, marriage, and religious liberty. I have respect for him as a leader and as our president, and I like him as a person. When you pray for someone every day, it is hard not to love that person, even when he disappoints you in some area or another....I hope to honor and to pray for the President, as the Bible commands us to do, even when we disagree, and to work with his Administration when we have points of mutual concern for the common good. I have learned a lot by watching the example of Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) in his friendship with the President. In a profile of Sen. Coburn in TIME Magazine, written by President Obama himself, of all people, the senator is quoted as saying, "What better way to influence someone than to love them?" I recognize the Spirit of Christ in that statement, and I hope to live up to it." (Interview by Daniel Darling, Friday Five Interview: Russell Moore. www.outofur.com. May 10, 2013)
With that in mind, I just e-mailed my governor and my delegates for my state government, and the president and my representatives for the federal government. I asked them to give me two ways in which I should pray for them. Whether they answer me or not, or whether I agree with their prayer requests or not, there is no doubt I need to be praying for my leaders. What about you?
P.S. I will try to let you know any prayer requests as I get from them.