As Rob Ford’s life falls apart so dramatically on the world stage, I cannot help but feel sorry for the man. That doesn’t mean I approve of either his politics or his personal life, but it does mean I recognize him to be a fellow child of God—broken and sinful, like me, like all of us. May God give him strength to meet his personal challenges, and may Christ the Saviour of sinners be present unto him, offering the mercy and forgiveness he needs.
Let us remember St. Paul’s admonition to Timothy, that prayers should be made for “all people, for kings and all those in high positions.” And this isn’t just a prayer for our sakes—“that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way”—though it is for that too. St. Paul’s words continue: “This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” What God asks of us is not merely that we pray for our leaders to lead us well; we must also remember His individual desire for each of them—namely, that they would find salvation in His Son—and for this too we must pray. (1 Timothy 2:1-4)