I read too much news, so much so that I might get withdrawal symptoms if I no longer had the means to access it online. It’s important to know what’s going on in the world however I tend to forget but need to remember that it doesn’t necessarily have eternal significance.
Of particular interest to me has been the 2016 race for president in the U.S. and I had a thought that crossed my mind: what if I was being too hard on Hillary Clinton?
And then I read an article she wrote this week commemorating the September 11, 2001 attacks and what her strategy is regarding ISIS and it proved to be naive in the extreme and is basically the same strategy conducted by Obama, and has proven to be a failure.
And then I resumed my former posture to Mrs Clinton.
Hillary isn’t merely a candidate however, nor merely a former senator or first lady or Democrat, she is a woman, wife, mother, grandmother, and apparently a Methodist as well. And it occurred to me in the light of her swooning on Sunday that she needs prayer. I can’t think of a single person that doesn’t need prayer, so that certainly qualifies her. Jesus taught his disciples to pray for their enemies, and although believing a different political philosophy doesn’t make someone an enemy I think we tend to harden our hearts against those who oppose us, in whatever way, shape or form.
“44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Matthew 5, NIV)
So, I did what I hadn’t done before; I prayed for Hillary. Not that she would be successful in her political philosophy, but that she would be healed and live her life with enjoyment.
If I had a list of people that I would find it difficult to pray for, it would include Democrats, ANC Members of Parliament, President Jacob Zuma, the members of CAIR and basically the entire All Blacks team.
If Christ could pray for those crucifying him, could I not find it in my heart – as un-generous and small as it is – to pray for people with a different political, religious or sporting philosophy?
It was biblical for me to pray for Hillary and even more so for me to continue to pray for her, and indeed all those who vex me, and particularly for those who persecute either me or my fellow believers…
…which means we need to pray for ISIS. Now there’s a thought.