I don’t know what we should make of it all. One minute we’re told to stay 2 meters apart, and the next only if you can. One minute we’re told face masks don’t do any good, and the next we have to wear them in shops. And not just any old face covering; it has to have three layers of fabric (I’m not quite sure how we can breathe through that without steaming up our glasses!). And pubs are allowed to open with no restrictions on customer numbers, but in Scotland churches are restricted to no more than 50 people at a time regardless of size, with no singing, and the wearing of face masks. All very confusing.
The Bible says we should pray for our government. They certainly need our prayers at the moment! What does the Bible say about praying for our governments? Let’s look at 1 Timothy 2; it says, “First of all, I ask you to pray much for all men and to give thanks for them.Pray for kings and all others who are in power over us so we might live quiet God-like lives in peace.It is good when you pray like this. It pleases God Who is the One Who saves. He wants all people to be saved from the punishment of sin. He wants them to come to know the truth.”
So, when we pray for our governments, God is pleased. And we pray for a reason – so that we can live “quiet God-like lives in peace”. And I’m sure that, in answer to our prayers, and through His grace, He will lead and guide our rulers in what they should do. But this same passage points out that God wants everyone to be saved from the consequences of their sin. And, believe me, there are consequences. If we reject God and His moral laws in this life, we are committing ourselves to an eternity without God in the next. His moral universe gives us the right to choose how we live in the current world, and that choice extends into how we will live in the next world.
So, I would appeal to everyone reading this blog – if you are a Christian, pray for our governments like you have never prayed before. They need your prayers. And if you are not a Christian and would like to know more about how to become one, please get in touch. It will be the most important decision you have ever made.