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As I write this article the polling stations are open and the nation are casting their votes.

By the time you read this the results will be in and one political party, or coalition of parties, will be in power.

We may have got what we wanted or we may be unhappy about the outcome, which I guess begs the question – What should I do as a Christian if I didn’t get the political outcome I would have liked? Should I sulk and moan? Should I be very vocal about my concerns? Should I just accept what has happened and say no more?

As a Christian I’m part of one of the oldest organisations in the world.

As such it has lived through many different social and political climates and on occasions it has been seriously persecuted.

Just this afternoon I had a phone call from a friend of ours who lives in a country where he is not free to declare his faith without potentially adverse physical consequences.

But on other occasions the church has been seen to be an influence that is to be received as a force for good.

One of the ways that the church has coped with such a variety of circumstances is by accepting the Biblical command to pray for those in authority (1 Timothy 2:1-2).

The instruction to pray was written by an early church leader called Paul who was giving advice to a younger pastor in a church in Ephesus.

At the time the political environment would not necessarily have been very favourable towards Christians, but Paul’s encouragement was not conditional of that.

Regardless of who they are Paul commends us to pray for the existing government, so that we can ‘live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.’

We may or may not have got the political result that we want, but as a Christian I am left with the conclusion that I should pray for the government regardless of who they are.

I may feel that I want to campaign on certain issues and perhaps I should, but the bottom line is, I should pray.

Prayer, in my experience, does change things and on occasions as I pray I find my own perspective is changed.

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