What traits should we look for in a man or woman running for President of the United States? This question should be the million-dollar question. In my opinion, very few measure up to what I would want in the most powerful position in the world.
I have been thinking about this for a very long time. None of our previous presidents met the criteria and have fallen short. There has been many a President with immoral character that would put their own mother to shame. Many have said that we are not electing a pastor or a minister, but what does that say about our culture or professing Christians who say that?
The Biblical standard for a Pastor or Minister is stated in these prescribed instructions found in 1 Timothy 3:1-7.
1 Timothy 3:1-7, refers to qualifications of an Overseer. Isn’t the President of the United States an Overseer of our nation? Let’s look at what the Bible says about their qualifications.
“The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.”
Let’s break this down a bit more. The person running for President will be overseeing a nation. The characteristic of an overseer is what I believe we should be seeking.
We should be looking for a well-respected leader who has a high moral standard. The man or woman will be a lover of God and respect God’s laws. They must be a person above reproach, sober minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money, they must know how to manage well, they must not be conceited, and they must be able to lead in the most respectable way. This man or woman must also be able to stand firm and take a stand for what is honorable even when faced with potential war or threat of war.
These are all traits of an overseer taken from God’s Word. These characteristics are what we should be seeking in men and women who aspire to lead our nation. Although these traits were meant for overseers of the Church, we all should subscribe to them in order to live out our lives in a manner pleasing to God.
When you go to the Ballot Box, will you vote your faith or will you vote for the better choice, the lessor of two evils?
I would like to challenge men and women of God to run for public office and fill the Congress, Senate, and the White House with people who love God with all their heart, soul, and mind, who will take a stand for God as well as those who cannot stand for themselves.
I pray that God will raise up men and women who will run for public office and take a stand for the Lord’s laws. I believe that God can change our nation by having leaders who respect His ways and His laws.
I will leave you with this passage from 2 Chronicles 7:14, “if my people who are called by my name humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
I pray that the people of our nation will do exactly that, from the top leaders down to the common laborer.
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