Overnight the Greek situation has become more serious. It looks like the Germans want to control the budget (despite the Greeks voting out the parties that promised austerity). The pressure is on… and even the Europhiles are talking about Greece leaving the euro.
The times are historic. Which means they are difficult. Which is not what we want, or pray for…
1First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, 2for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.3This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human, 6who gave himself a ransom for all – this was attested at the right time.
There is a good scriptural reason to pray for our leaders. For they can make the times we live in “historic”. We pray so that they will govern well (which generally means leaving the markets alone) and wisely (which includes leaving us and our families alone.
In Europe, this is a time of crisis. It is the unwinding of the social democratic project, just as the 1990s became historic because of the implosion of the Soviet project of socialism. I would rather the time was not historic, so I could live, as Paul says, a quiet life with dignity.