Summary: Our call as Christians to love others, pray for others, and tell others how to gain salvation
In Paul’s Letter to young Timothy he wrote many things about how the church should be run and how we should act as Christians and today’s text is part of that letter that was written. Now this letter was written around 64 a.d. while Nero was in power. Nero was a terrible ruler who blamed Christians for the fire that burned Rome down. Just to tell you how cruel he was Nero would pour oil on Christians then set them on fire and use them for lighting. The political climate wasn’t much different than it is now. They had bad rulers who would lie, cheat, steal and kill just like we do know a days. So it’s hard to fathom that he would encourage the church to pray for these people.
I think that if Paul had written this part of the letter to me I would probably have responded to him in a not so positive way. I would probably have responded this way.
I received your letter and hope all is well with you, I first want to thank you for the encouragement and the instruction that you have given me and I plan to implement and follow your directives to the best of my abilities.
But I must tell you my friend it’s going to be really hard to pray for some of these people.
Take the president of Syria, Bashar al-Assad who has just been accused of killing his own people with chemical weapons. It will be hard to pray anything positive and uplifting for someone who has just murdered his own people not just men & women but helpless children.
And even our own president who wants to go to war over this and have more killing and by stepping in would be helping aid our own enemies. Paul my friend it will be hard to pray for these men.
My friend I want you to know that you are asking for a lot, expecting us to pray for our leaders when every time we turn around they are lying to us and acting immorally and we can’t trust them at all. Praying for anything other than the wrath of God to come upon them swiftly will be very hard to do.
I know God desires all men to be saved but sometimes I don’t. But sometimes I’m like Jonah I want them to be punished I want them to get what they deserve. I think that there are some who deserve to be punished in an eternal lake of fire and be tormented as they have tormented others.
I know that it’s wrong to think that way. I realize I am not the supreme ruler I am not God and it’s his place to Judge not mine.
So I will do my best to pray and intercede on their behalf because that is what we are called to do. Who knows what the world would be like if we didn’t.
Your Brother in Christ
I want to tell you something I know that it’s hard to pray for evil people, men who are warmongers, liars, thieves’ people in our government who talk out both sides of their mouth but brothers and sisters that is what we have been called to do. In His Sermon on the Mount which is recorded in Matthew Jesus tells us Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. We need to stand in the gap and lift these rulers and leaders up and pray that they get a good dose of Jesus and turn from their ways and live for Christ. Its Gods desire that all come to Christ and we must do all we can to be a good witness and testimony of Christ by living a godly life and showing love to all.