The Presidential election is at center stage, rightly so. Other important elections, other rivalries, are also going on and we need to pay attention to those as well. A lot of people have invested emotion in the contest between Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton and that should not be surprising, since both sides have been stirring up both positive and negative emotion for weeks.
I do have convictions as to which candidate is a better choice for Christians to vote for, and I do intend to vote. The reason I have tried to avoid favoring candidates in any position is that this is not a political blog. Its purpose since I created it is to urge you as a Christian to do what Paul told Timothy, his spiritual protege and the pastor of the church at Ephesus, should have members of his flock do "first of all". If you think differently than I do politically, you are still a Christian if you believe in Jesus Christ by faith alone with no reliance upon works for salvation. If the Holy Spirit wants to convict you about your political beliefs, getting in contact with Him more often through prayer will make that more likely to happen. Trying to do it myself may just annoy you.
When Paul, led by God's Holy Spirit, exhorted "first of all" that believers should pray for "all men" and especially those in authority, he was talking about some corrupt and brutal rulers: the Roman emperors, including the mad Nero, or cynical Roman governors such as Pontius Pilate, who had at least once, if not more often, ordered his soldiers to brutally butcher Jews conducting religious ceremonies. (Jesus once referred to Jews whose blood Pilate had "mingled with their sacrifices.") Whatever you or I may think of Donald Trump's alleged misogyny towards women or Hillary Clinton's purported corruption or incompetence, neither of them is nearly the equal of those in the ancient Roman empire.
Whether or not the person whom I think should win is the victor, no matter how fervently I believe that the winning candidate will be good or bad for America, God has still told me to pray for him or her. The same goes for whoever wins House or Senate seats and who ends up being Speaker of the House or Senate Majority Leader, and on down the line. It still holds true for incumbents who weren't up for re-election at all.
If Donald Trump is elected, he may not be subject at all to the same temptations as Hillary Clinton would be. If Hillary Clinton wins, there may be temptations Trump would heed that she won't. Either way, prayer is necessary. Either way, Satan will not back off his relentless attempt to win full control away from God and have his way with our country. That truth holds for the Presidency and it holds for whatever Cabinet members they appoint and it holds for whatever senators and congresspersons are in office when the dust has cleared after January 20, 2017.
If you consider yourself a Christian and believe in obeying the Word of God, and believe in the power of prayer before God's throne, subject to His will and wisdom, as I do, it holds for you and it holds for me.
Whatever candidate we vote for, for whatever office, whoever wins or loses - we are to pray for them. Not at them, although it is perfectly legitimate to pray for restraint and for more wisdom than we may feel they have at present. The Psalmist David said in Psalm 35:11-14, "False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not. They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul. But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom. I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother...." There is more, but it would detract from the immediate point: we must not let rancor in our hearts for the winner of the election short-circuit the power of our prayers to turn that person's heart in a better direction for the benefit of America.
Stop and ask yourself: who is more important to you? Who is more worth your attention - Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton or Jesus Christ? In the end, He is bigger then either of them.
A Christian man living in Southeastern Pennsylvania, USA. Came under conviction in 1978 or 1979 to begin believing the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Came to saving faith in Christ in October 1982 by confessing I was a sinner by nature and only Christ could save me.