Some Christians are struggling mightily with this question. President Trump is the subject of sermons. He’s the subject of Sunday School classes, small group meetings, and prayer vigils, though some say they can’t quite bring themselves to pray for him by name–perhaps the Christian version of indicating that he’s not legitimate.
Whatever we may think of Donald Trump or however we may feel about him, he is the President of the United States. He is the leader of our country and the free world. As Americans, we have, of course, the right to disagree with him and protest against him.
As Christians, however, we have another calling. In I Timothy 2:1-2 (NIV), Paul wrote: “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.” (See also I Peter 2:17.)
Significantly, Paul wrote this while the Emperor of Rome was Nero, who may not have been completely evil but seems to have been mostly evil.
Right now, peaceful and quiet lives have taken a backseat to lives that are full of fear, anger, hate, mistrust, unkindness, and conflict. Some of these feelings are understandable. Some are undoubtedly the result of the President’s words and actions, as well as the words and actions of his staunchest opponents, But maybe they are, at least in part, the result of a lack of prayer.
What should Christians do about Donald Trump? Pray for him.