With all the craziness going on in the media and on the debate front for the Republican and Democratic Party Nominees, maybe it is time as Christians to really think about the values and character that any leader is suppose to possess according the Scripture before we cast our primary votes.
According to Deuteronomy 1:13, Moses in recalling the story of the Exodus recounts that God had instructed him to “choose some wise, understanding and respected men from each of your tribes, and I will set them over you.” Wisdom, knowledge and respect are to mark the leaders of the nation. This recollection is in reference to Jethro’s visit to Moses where he sees his son-in-law working himself to death and frustrating the people at the length of time for which they must wait for decent government in their life. His suggestion to Moses in Exodus 18:21 is to “select capable men from all the people – men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain- and appoint them…” So in addition to wisdom, knowledge and respect, we must add, capable, reverent, trustworthy and not prone to financial impropriety or the contorting of justice.
These two passages alone would go a long way to cleaning up politics in our current system. Add to that some of the other teaching about servant leaders, humility, love and grace and if the American people in general, and the Christian voice in particular would ask the kind of questions that get to the character and integrity of the candidate, then our government could be transformed in short order. Below are one representatives thoughts on the kind of questions we ought to be asking. They are good questions and I pass them on for your consideration.
As a point of disclosure, my daughters worked on Reid Ribble’s campaign a few years ago and met this man. They were highly impressed by his integrity, his campaign and his refusal to sling mud. He proposes a few questions that every person, especially Christians, ought to consider before they vote.
Is the candidate honest or is the candidate given to embellishment, dishonesty or deceitfulness?
Is the candidate conceited? Remembering, this is something God detests.
Do the candidate’s words align themselves with the teachings of scripture and does he or she have control over their tongue?
Has the candidate been faithful to his or her spouse?
Do the candidate’s behavior and history lead you to believe that the fruit of the Spirit as outlined in Galatians chapter 5 is exemplified in their life? If not, why isn’t that important to you as a Christian?
You can read more of Rep. Ribble’s thoughts on the election here.