I have been watching some of the current presidential debates. The most interesting and entertaining ones have been those of the Republican party. That’s because the party still has 10 or more presidential candidates with significantly divergent views. And one of its candidates is none other than Donald Trump.
The other Republican candidates seem to fear Mr. Trump. Most have already experienced his strong verbal attacks. So have a number of journalists. In fact, the Donald is more of my reason for writing this blog post than all of the other candidates combined. As we reflect on some of the outlandish things we have heard him say, we must bear in mind that this guy wants to be the President of the United States. We must take him seriously because he is way out in front of the rest of his fellow Republicans.
The question is, what should Christians look for in a presidential candidate? This is a serious consideration. The actions of the President of the United States not only affect us at home but also those around the world. Plus, the fabric of today’s world has become extremely complex. To answer the question posed above, let’s consider some biblical standards for national leaders as revealed in the Scriptures.
- National leaders should exercise sound judgment. In the book of the Proverbs, it is written that kings must not “forget what the law decrees, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights” (Proverbs 31:5). The leaders decisions affect all those that they lead. Leaders must not lose their way and frustrate the plight of the afflicted and the down trodden.
- National leaders should walk in wisdom. Leaders must not be characterized by silliness, ignorance, or a lack of temperament. In Proverbs, chapter 8, wisdom is personified. And wisdom says, “By me kings reign, and princes decree justice” (Proverbs 8:15). In this presidential election, we should seek a president who acts accordingly.
- National leaders should be God-fearing. When a leader is God-fearing, God will have a relevant place in government. Accordingly, in the Old Testament, God said the king should have his own copy of the law of God. He was to read it every day. Why? “That he may learn to fear the Lord his God, to keep all the words of this law…” (Deuteronomy 17:19).
Of course, the Bible says a lot more about kings and rulers of nations. But I believe a viable candidate who has the three characteristics mentioned above will serve the office of the President of the United States well. As Christians, we must not leave our convictions outside the voting booth. Even there, we must be guided by applicable biblical standards found in the Scriptures.
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