During these last 2 weeks the news and social media has been filled with one man – Dominic Cummings. I’ve never met Mr Cummings, nor his family, but I certainly know a lot more about them now, as does most of the country due to his trip to Durham.
Since news the news broke, more than 1 million people have signed an online petition to have him sacked.
Shortly after Boris Johnson’s press conference at Downing Street, where he defended his chief adviser, the official UK Civil Service Twitter account complained about his remarks: “Arrogant and offensive. Can you imagine having to work with these truth twisters?” The tweet was up for approximately 12 minutes before it was removed and was retweeted more than 32,000 times.
The Guardian Newspaper this Sunday led with: Dominic Cummings took the public for fools. Now they want his head
I can understand why people are upset and why it has provoked the response it has. I think he should have at the very first opportunity just held his hands up and said sorry, I did the wrong thing, and we would’ve all moved on. Sadly he didn’t and so this merry saga has rumbled on.
What was your response to it all?
Some people were over it as soon as it began and wanted to get back to the serious issue of tackling Covid19.
Some people got angry and took to social media to vent their views. A few defended him, whilst the vast majority judged and slated him.
Some people contacted their local MP to complain.
Very few people I suspect prayed. And for those that did pray, I suspect, if we are honest, we have spent more time talking about it to other people, or reading or writing posts on social media that we have praying about it and praying for those concerned.
I feel very convicted that the two things that should have come out of this are forgiveness and greater prayer for those involved.
Which one of us can hold our hands up and say we haven’t made a mistake or done something wrong? In the Lord’s prayer it says: “Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us”. We need to forgive those we think have done wrong and we need to pray for them.
Whatever we think about Dominic Cummings, God loves him. Whatever we think about Boris Johnson’s leadership, he is, as I film this, still our Prime Minister. They both deserve to be treated as God would treat them, and they both need us more than ever to be praying for them.
The bible is clear in exhorting us to pray for those in authority and to be respectful:
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 1 Timothy 2:1
Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honour the emperor. 1 Peter 2:17
How often do we pray for our leaders and when we do, what do we pray for? I want to encourage us in this week ahead to set aside time each day to pray for those in positions of authority who are making decisions and leading us nationally and locally. Here are 3 areas we can be praying for:
- Their Salvation.
Bring the name of a person or people before God and pray that the Holy Spirit would be at work in their lives revealing their need for Jesus and that this life without him is meaningless and futile. We want our leaders to be saved. Pray for them to come into contact with Godly people who through their behaviour, words and empowering of the Spirit live a contagious life.
- Their Area of Responsibility.
Pray that God would inspire and give them wisdom as they lead.
Pray they would be fair and honest in all they do.
Softness in their hearts to the needy, oppressed and afflicted
The right people giving guidance and leadership
- Their Families and Work/Life Balance
Pray for times of rest and refreshing.
Peace and harmony within family units
Health and safety.
Let’s try and pray for these folks more than we talk about them and read about them. Let’s bring them to God expectantly in prayer and see what God does in and through them.