According to the latest polls, only 16 percent of Republicans view President Biden favorably. This news is not surprising: only 10 percent of Democrats viewed President Trump favorably after he was elected in 2016. Since 76 to 81 percent of White evangelical and “born again” voters supported Mr. Trump in the 2020 election, their disappointment with the outcome is understandable. However, if you are an American citizen, Joe Biden is now your president.
All Christians, whatever our political beliefs, are called to prayer for President Joe Biden. God’s word commands that “supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions” (1 Timothy 2:1-2).
Before the 2020 election, 80 percent of Biden supporters and 77 percent of Trump supporters stated that they and the other side “fundamentally disagree about core American values.” Ninety percent of Biden supporters and 89 percent of Trump supporters said the other candidate’s election “would lead to lasting harm to the US.”
Recognizing the divided and divisive culture of our nation, Mr. Biden “wants to use the [inauguration] to call Americans to unity,” according to his incoming press secretary. But as I am sure Mr. Biden and those praying for harmony know, seeking unity will not succeed unless we commit ourselves to values that are essential to such unity.
The ban of President Trump from several social media outlets has left some wondering if evangelicals will be the victims of censorship by social media companies in the future? If they consider our stance on same-sex marriage to be “harassing” or “objectionable,” for example, will they block our content?
The Christian response to those with whom we disagree is to pray for them (Matthew 5:44) and seek reconciliation with them (Matthew 18:15). In a democracy, we can utilize our governmental process to seek change (cf. Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-17). Christians are to “keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable” so that “they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation” (1 Peter 2:12).