Don’t condemn Boris. Pray for him
It has not taken long for the knives to be out for Boris Johnson.
News commentators declare his demise if he does not improve by the end of the month, and weekend newspapers tell us his enemies smell blood and his friends whisper there’s no captain at the bridge.
According to a YouGov poll, Boris Johnson’s handling of the virus is rated as the worst of all world leaders.
How quick the public forget that he is a man who was struck down by the virus and had it so badly he spent time not only in hospital but in an intensive care unit. Some who have had Covid-19 bounce back very quickly. But for many of those who do not die with the virus, it will take up to a year for their body to recover. Watching our Prime Minister on television, we can see his sallow face and hollow eyes. Those close to him say he is still suffering the after effects of Covid-19 and is not well, with none of his normal bounce. It is very easy to gossip and express opinions about those in authority over us. But Paul wrote to Timothy and told him: I exhort, first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life. (1 Timothy. 2.1)
The Scriptures don’t say pray for those who we voted for at the last general election. Nor do they say pray for those whose policies we are in agreement with. But pray for all who are in authority over you.
Over the years there have been a number of times when I have wanted to say to the Lord please remove such a such person from office but that’s not the way to pray. It's time for Christians to rise up and pray for leaders, starting with the Prime Minister and other members of the cabinet and government.
Lorna and I are praying daily they will have wisdom in their decision-making; authority to carry out their decisions; and any blockages to be removed.
As we look at the weekend anarchy on our streets, we know when we pray we can then claim the promise: that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life.
Gordon Pettie 16.6.2020
16 Jun 2020