In this year where we are picking a new leader for our nation it is vitally important that we know how to pick the RIGHT person for the job. Once we have discovered who that is we can pray and mobilize to help see them put in office. It is my opinion, and I believe the Word of God would back me up, that we should always have a godly Christian in the highest office in the land! Here are my thoughts concerning the priorities and questions every believer should have in the all-important process of fuguring out this sometimes complicated process.
1. Faith- Do they believe in God? Not just in word but in truth. Do they believe that the Word of God is the literal Word of God! This means they make no bones about believing and standing up for Creation.
2. Social- Where do they stand on issues such as abortion and stem cell research. Any leader who is unwilling to stand up for the unborn is clearly out of sync with the Christian faith and cannot be given any credibility in this arena of faith. Another huge issue is that of homosexuality. Do they believe or stand for same sex marriage? If so, rest assured they are not the person God has chosen for office.
3. Security- the next issue that falls way behind the first 2 is that of national security and foreign policy. Will he\she be able to stand firm in the face of the many cruel and evil threats facing our great nation today?
4. Economy- no, it’s not first but last. Remember, we are supposed to be citizens of heaven and operating in God’s flawless economy, not reliant upon the govt. or the stock market for our substance. I agree that it is an issue but it is not THE issue as many have made it.
Finally, we must pray and ask the Lord to show us His mind for the remaining candidates that fit in these qualifications. There will always be different opinions but in the end the first 2 things I listed are really non-negotiable for any God-fearing Christian. These qualities go for any person running for office, not just President.
1 Tim. 2:2- Pray this way for kings and all others who are in authority, so that we can live in peace and quiteness, in godliness and dignity.