Dear Christian: Did You Know We Can Both Pray For Our Political Enemies And Critique Them Harshly?

By: Allan Erickson

Clash Contributor

A small group of men meet weekly in McMinnville, Oregon to pray. Recently, we heard several things as we approached the throne of grace.

“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” Jesus Christ, Luke chapter 6

We know from Scripture and personal experience the heart of God is love, that he is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to a saving knowledge and enjoy paradise forever. (1 Timothy 2:4, 2 Peter 3:8-10)

Every soul is made in His image. Every soul is precious to Him.

All these truths are hard to keep in mind when confronted by a dangerous enemy.

It can be difficult to navigate when you are called to love and pray for enemies even as you watch them say and do the most horrendous things. However, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. (Romans 8:26)

I remember not long ago seeing a picture of a large group of young men in northern Iraq being trained by ISIS. At that moment I felt hatred for ISIS. But suddenly, I also felt sorry for those young men, knowing they were abused and wounded souls, boys who would not live long. I believe the Spirit gave me God’s eyes in that moment.

Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon isn’t exactly an enemy. However, most everything she believes contradicts cherished beliefs held by traditionalists (patriots), conservatives, libertarians and Christians. Most grievous among her beliefs:

– universal, taxpayer funding of abortion through the ninth month,
– promotion of the entire homosexual agenda, an anti-Christian movement,
– the radical green agenda used as an ice breaker for socialism,
– lawlessness in the encouragement of illegal immigration,
– government power wielded according to ideology, not the consent of the governed,
– public education used as a tool to advance secular humanism.

Gov. Brown has boldly stated she considers Oregon a “petri dish”, a place for her to conduct experiments in progressive politics. While we will and must work hard to prevent her from causing further damage, for her beliefs and resulting policies are destructive to liberty, we must also pray that her eyes will be opened, praying she will “come to a saving knowledge of the truth,” that she will understand and accept God’s love.

We’re called to pray for our leaders, but that doesn’t give them a free pass.

We need to call them out when we need to.

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