Whoever becomes the new leader of the Conservative Party will also become the new Prime Minister of this country. So, whatever our political affiliation, it has implications for all of us. What kind of leader do we need, then? Some will be hoping for a leader who will unite the Conservatives. Others will be hoping for someone who will deliver Brexit (or not). Some will be hoping for a leader who will make the Conservatives unelectable for years.
Does the Bible give us any guidance about the kind of leader we need? It does. In his first letter to his trusted lieutenant Timothy, the apostle Paul urges Christians to pray “for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:2-4).
That could sound like we’re to pray for the leader who will give us an easy and comfortable life (and if we’re honest that is often what we vote for). But Paul’s interest – and God’s wish – is that people are “saved” as they “come to a knowledge of the truth” and that they then live as Christians “in all godliness and holiness”. It should be clear that some governments make that easier while others make it harder. So we’re to pray for a leader who will make it easier for people to become Christians and then to live as Christians.
Yours warmly, in Christ,
Chris Hobbs (Senior Minister/Vicar)