Last night I watched the GOP Debate. I was reminded by the nature of the questions that we, as a nation, have fallen from grace. We have seen the Judeo-Christian ethic lose ground, leaving behind a murky quagmire of ethical confusion. A lack of Biblical knowledge reduces Christianity to a simple altruistic system, and nothing more in its social implications. There is a real and tangible problem. Then, of course, we have the whole issue of a rapidly growing epistomology thinking it a good thing to murder Christians, Jews and Americans in general. This is also a real and, unfortunately, extremely tangible problem. It is a tumultuous time in the history of The United States of America.
It is my policy to not endorse anyone for any political position, but I am an ardent encourager of people to get involved. I am, however, well aware that some people don’t know how to responsibly vote. We always see talk show personalities interviewing people on the streets and speaking with them about presidential candidate’s policies when the time to cast ballots gets close. They reveal clearly that many people have no idea why they are casting their vote for their candidate. They just like them, I guess. Perhaps this simplistic strategy should have no place in this up and coming election.
If we are going to reverse the moral degradation of our country it will take more than voting for a person because “you like them.” How do we then choose the correct person for the job? How are we to evaluate human beings for this position? Let’s take a look at a passage in Exodus that may help.
Where we open the text, Moses has led the Israelites out of Egypt, and has subsequently taken on great responsibility in leading the people. The Amalekites attacked the Israelites, and caused a battle between the two groups of people. Joshua led a great battle against them and won as described in Exodus 17:13. It is a tumultuous time in the history of a young Israel.
Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, has brought Moses’ wife and children to him in the wilderness, and is spending some time before his departure back home. He sees Moses trying to do everything himself, and gives some friendly “father-in-law” advice in Exodus 18 and verse 21. “. . . look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.” Here Jethro gives Moses some parameters that he should look for in finding qualified leaders. A look at this list shows us that these are good things to look for today as well, and just might help in our evaluations for the next president.
WE ARE TO LOOK FOR ABILITIES
As we really dig into each candidate, we should be mindful of what the job entails. This position has long been thought of as “The leader of the free world,” and this is a task that should not be taken lightly. Is this person able to think clearly in difficult times, and make decisions that can be life and death for human beings? Can they negotiate agreements between nations that can prohibit evil people from possessing the ability to murder more efficiently? This is not simply a popularity contest to see who can sway the most votes for themselves via the use of rhetoric.
WE ARE TO EVALUATE THEIR MORALITY
Some people have often questioned the Biblical phrase “fearing God.” It isn’t my intention to enter this realm in this post, but it should be sufficient to say here: Christianity is more than altruism. It is more than just being nice to people. There is a moral code that is taught by The Bible, and this should be the basis for a morality that is steadfast in the seas of media momentum. The Judeo-Christian ethic is a lighthouse for men and women who live in our world today. Jesus’ teachings are not summed up by loving everyone, holding hands, and singing. He taught love and grace, but He also flipped over tables and yelled at people when they needed it. The next president should be a man of grace, yet also be one of uncompromising morals.
WE ARE TO EVALUATE THEIR TRUSTWORTHINESS
How many times have we heard of a scandal in politics? When I was in the Marines, I was working a NATO operation, and asked a question by a German soldier. He asked me my opinion about my president and a young female intern. Most importantly he asked if a man does this, then lies about it should lead the United States. I was embarrassed because I knew the world looked down upon something that I held in very high regard. I knew the world was right, and my president was wrong. We are to evaluate these candidates the best we can in this area, so we are not embarrassed before other nations.
WE ARE TO EVALUATE THEIR INTENTIONS IN GOVERNING
This is perhaps one of the most substantial ones for me in this race. We must evaluate, or at least the best we can, their intentions in seeking this position. Is this person seeking to benefit themselves, or our nation? It is a lofty goal to become president, and quite a check mark on the ole’ bucket list. I think history has shown what self-serving leaders have demolished in their tenures. Several just came to mind, but I will spare you those silly details.
This race will be quite a spectacle, but I urge you to prayerfully consider these categories that Jethro gave to Moses right after the Great Exodus from Egypt. Please do not simply vote on who you like. Vote on who you believe will help lead this nation through the tribulation that is coming during the next presidency from both outside and internal evil forces. Let us humble ourselves and seek The Lord’s face, but don’t forget to read what He wrote down for us as a guide.
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Exodus 18:21 – “Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.”