Find a candidate worthy of your vote
Like it or not, a new president will be elected in just over a year. Over the last few months, presidential hopefuls have been announcing their candidacy. The general election will be held on November 8, 2016 and there are already close to twenty candidates among the two popular parties. It seems like there is so much time between now and then. However, the primary elections begin February 1st, so it isn’t that far off. We should be prepared to vote for the candidate of our choosing.
Some people vote for the most charismatic candidate. Some vote for the candidate who tickles our ears the most. Is there any biblical wisdom in voting based on such intangible measures of a candidate? Voting is important and shouldn’t be taken lightly. “We electors have an important constitutional power placed in our hands; we have a check upon two branches of the legislature…” John Adams
So what makes a candidate worth voting for? Noah Webster said it this way… “In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate – look to his character. . . . When a citizen gives his suffrage to a man of known immorality he abuses his trust; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor, he betrays the interest of his country.”
Five attributes that make a candidate worthy of your vote
There are many aspects of a candidate to consider when voting. Of course, there is no perfect candidate. Only Jesus is perfect. However, we aren’t looking for perfect. We are looking for the best. What exactly do I mean by “best”? Here are five attributes a presidential candidate should possess…
- The candidate supports the US Constitution in words and actions
- The candidate has a confessed relationship with Jesus Christ and demonstrates it by his actions
- The candidate demonstrates concern for our individual freedoms
- The candidate should have prior experience in government
- The candidate should be just and have a good balance of confidence and humility
Candidates that possess all of those attributes are hard to find. The truth is that most candidates are self serving and care most about their own bottom line. There are few candidates who clearly serve others first and care about our liberty. The greatest challenge for us as voters is being able to identify the candidate that does. The chances are, if a candidate has a strong relationship with the Lord and supports the Constitution, that candidate will support your freedom to live your life as God has called you to.
Candidates that have no government experience seem to be gaining a lot of traction recently and that makes sense, considering how career politicians have abused their power. However, not all politicians have abused their Constitutional authority. If you don’t believe me, then please research Justin Amash (R – Michigan). Experience in politics is not the problem. Dishonorable experience in politics is the problem. There is usually at least one presidential candidate out of the entire field in every election who has served honorably. If your selection comes down to two equally worthy candidates, then I recommend voting for the one who has honorable experience as opposed to none.
In Proverbs 14:34, God’s word declares that “Righteousness exalts a nation”. And it is so true. The American experiment will fail, if the people (including our leaders) are not living righteously. Our governing body would be wise to heed God’s word regarding government leadership… “He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.” 2 Samuel 23:3
God’s word tells us that righteous leadership is good for the people. “When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.” Proverbs 29:2 And our founding fathers believed that selecting Christians as leaders was vital to our freedom. “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation, to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” John Jay
We need to be careful when we vote. Many candidates are cunning and crafty with their speech and can be deceiving. Do your best to find an honest candidate. Select the candidate who stands for truth, even when no one else is standing. It takes a lot of faith to vote for the candidate who may not have the best chance, but also represents your beliefs more closely than the others.
As you consider who you will vote for, I encourage you to remember the following words from John Adams… “It becomes necessary to every [citizen] then, to be in some degree a statesman, and to examine and judge for himself of the tendency of political principles and measures. Let us examine, then, with a sober, a manly… and a Christian spirit; let us neglect all party [loyalty] and advert to facts; let us believe no man to be infallible or impeccable in government any more than in religion; take no man’s word against evidence, nor implicitly adopt the sentiments of others who may be deceived themselves, or may be interested in deceiving us.“