CHARACTER QUALITIES CHRISTIANS SHOULD LOOK FOR WHEN CHOOSING A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE


As Super Tuesday rolls around…What Character Qualities should Christians be looking for in the Presidential Candidates?

 

When Moses was appointing leaders to officiate over the Israelites, his father told him to “look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe” (Exodus 18:21, ESV)*

Jesus tells us that a good way of knowing if a leader is trustworthy is a fruit test. “By their fruit you will recognize them…every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.” (Matthew 7:16-17)

*- All scripture is in the New International Version unless otherwise specified.

 

LOOK OUT FOR BAD FRUIT

Jesus warns his disciples of leaders who look good on the outside, but on the “inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.” (Matthew 23:25)

Greed

A greedy person will say to himself “I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones” (Luke 12:18) rather than giving to the poor or to God.

Jesus tells us that “a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15)

Self-Indulgence

Bad leaders will enjoy being rich and popular: “walk around in flowing robes”. (Mark 12:38)

They enjoy and indulge when they “have the most important seats” and the “places of honor at banquets”. (Mark 12:39

“They devour widow’s houses”. (Mark 12:40)

And their talk and “prayers” are for “a show”. (Mark 12:40)

 

A GOOD LEADER WILL DISPLAY GOOD FRUIT

  • Hate pride and arrogance” (Proverbs 8:13)
    • “A wicked man puts up a bold front, but an upright man gives thought to his ways. (Proverbs 21:29)
  • Hate “evil behavior” (Proverbs 8:13)
    • “A man who commits adultery lacks judgment” (Proverbs 6:32)
    • “He who sleeps with another man’s wife” will not “go unpunished” (Proverbs 6:29)
  • Hate “perverse speech” (Proverbs 8:13)
    • None of their words are “crooked or perverse.” (Proverbs 8:8)
    • “he who holds his tongue is wise” (Proverbs 10:19)
    • “A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his tongue.” (Proverbs 11:12)
    • “If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.” (James 1:25)
  • Integrity “guides them” (Proverbs 11:3)
    • Unfaithful followers walk in the ways of “duplicity” (Proverbs 11:3)
    • Speaks truth and does not lie (Proverbs 12:19)
    • “A man of knowledge uses words with restraint
  • Has a “wife of noble character” (Proverbs 12:4).
  • Has patience and “great understanding(Proverbs 14:29)
    • A quick tempered man displays folly” (Proverbs 14:29)
    • “A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension” (Proverbs 15:18)
    • “A patient man calms a quarrel.” (Proverbs 15:18)
  • Honor the Lord with your wealth” (Proverbs 3:9)
  • Does not acquit the guilty
    • “Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent – the Lord detests them both.” (Proverbs 17:15)
  • Acknowledges God in everything
    • “in all your ways acknowledge him” (Proverbs 3:6)

 

LITMUS TEST

Jesus warns that false leaders “do not practice what they preach.” (Matthew 23:3)

As you decide to vote for a candidate:

PRAY THAT GOD WILL OPEN YOUR EYES TO TRUTH AND THAT YOU WILL NOT FALL FOR DECEIT

“Save me, O LORD, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues.” (Psalms 120:2)

 

Food for thought


Many people seem to think that our country and our government are the same. I have to say, God forbid. I love our country and the principles it was born on, but the government  of our country, is totally different.

“[T]he government and the country are not the same thing. I love America and would not want to live anywhere else, and I am dedicated to the principles on which America was founded. But the government is a different matter entirely.” — Richard J. Marbury

Forms of Government


For centuries, countries have debated on what kind of government is best. Many have chosen a single or couple of rulers. Others have chosen to let many rule. But which is better?

Let’s start with the former; the major forms of a “few rule” are monarchies and oligarchies. A monarchy is where there is one ruler or dictator of the country who often has dictatorship over political and religious activities. Examples of monarchies include ancient Egypt (ruled by pharaoh), ancient Rome (ruled by Caesar), the Catholic Church (ruled by the pope), and many other governments including modern day Saudi Arabia. Oligarchy is another “rule by few”. This type of government is structured around a small number of people who are very powerful. Oligarchies are less common than monarchies. A few past oligarchies include the Soviet Union (ruled by the communist leaders), Sparta (where the military ruled), the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (in which only the nobility could vote), and others including a resent example of South Africa (certain races ruled). Now let’s look at the opposite side of the coin, in which many rule or even the people rule.

The term democracy came from a Greek word meaning “rule of the people”.  A democracy is a form of government where the majority rules or elects an official to rule. Ancient Athens and modern Canada (partially) are examples of such governments. A republic is often confused to be a democracy, however they are similar. In a republic the power rests in the body of citizens, entitled to vote, and is exercised by the representatives chosen by them. Ancient Israel (during the judges era), and ancient Nigeria (the Igbo) are considered republics along with modern day USA and India. So what is better? Rule by few or rule by many?

In Jeremiah 23:10, it says that power can be used unjustly, that judges accept bribes; the powerful dictate what they desire (Micah 7:3). Man is sinful, he is evil (Rom 7:18). So if power corrupts, and man is evil, then maybe having one or three people rule isn’t good. Maybe they will become greedy. Maybe they will be harsh on their subjects. This is evident in history. Just look at Hitler or Stalin, look at the Jewish Pharisees; look at yourself. Only a perfect, good man can rule without the power corrupting him. And in the end times Jesus will come back and rule for a thousand years with a righteous and just hand (Revelation 20:4,6; Daniel 12:1).

Because of man’s sinfulness, a single or few leader/s men should not rule, because they are corrupted. A rule of many will counter balance, somewhat, each individual’s errors. However, no government or ruler will be perfect. Except for Christ.

Indiana Passes Right To Work Bill


The state of Indiana just passed House Bill 1001: Right to Work. Governor Mitch Daniels signed the  bill just the other day. This bill makes it an employees right to change unions, not have to pay the union dues, or pay to a third party, etc. This Bill has been controversial in Indiana; obviously the unions do not like it, but there are many who do, think it is one of our freedoms in America. Here is a summary posted on the Indiana Government website:

DIGEST OF HB 1001 (Updated February 1, 2012 11:49 am – DI 84)

Employee’s right to work. Makes it a Class A misdemeanor to require an individual to: (1) become or remain a member of a labor organization; (2) pay dues, fees, or other charges to a labor organization; or (3) pay to a charity or another third party an amount that represents dues, fees, or other charges required of members of a labor organization; as a condition of employment or continuation of employment. Provides that the Indiana department of labor may investigate and issue administrative orders for violations or threatened violations. Establishes a separate private right of action for violations or threatened violations. Provides that the statute does not apply to federal employees, employees subject to certain federal laws, certain employees over whom the federal government has jurisdiction, state employees, and employees of a political subdivision. Provides that the statute does not apply to the extent it is in conflict with or preempted by federal law. Provides that the statute is not intended, and should not be construed, to change or affect any other law concerning collective bargaining or collective bargaining agreements in the building and construction industry.

Current Status:

Law Enacted