Here we continue a series. I have provided links to the previous posts a the bottom of this post. The subject here? The upcoming election.
How Do We Choose The Best Candidate?
Christianity is not a theocracy. God provided the Jews the Mosaic Law. Christians He provided the Holy Spirit; the example of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection; and the promise of redemption.
In addition, the Bible gives us principles to live by. We generally express those principles in the form of virtues (see the last post in this series). If we wish to live in a society that lives by Christian virtues, then we need to elect leaders who by word and deed demonstrate that they live by those virtues. Unfortunately, here of late we have not done so.
What are we risking with our poor leadership choices? The Declaration of Independence is the founding document of this nation. That document explains that the purpose of government is to protect our God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. When we fail to select virtuous leaders, then our leaders will not respect our rights. In addition to lacking the virtues mentioned in the last post, our leaders will lack the virtue of Humility.
What is humility? Consider again that poor widow mentioned in Mark 12:41-44. When the widow put her last two mites in the temple treasury, she put in faith in God. Instead of trusting in herself, she put her trust in God. We need leaders with the same sort of humility, leaders who realize that God is our true sovereign. What we have now are too many leaders who see gathering more power to themselves as the solution for every problem.
How foolish is it for us to give our leaders more and more of the power they demand?
Some time back I wrote a post on ants, ANT DEMOCRACY: HOW DO ANTS VOTE? I ended the post with this observation.
We don’t understand how ants make decisions. We are not that smart. We can only model their behavior. Maybe, however, if we study ants enough, maybe we can learn from them how to run a democracy peaceably.
In truth, we already know how to run a democracy. When we follow the principles upon which it was founded, we have a constitutional republic that works. Unfortunately, instead of letting us freely conduct our own businesses, our leaders want to run everything. Again I ask, how foolish is it for us to give our leaders more and more of the power they demand? There is an answer. Consider the following video. As you listen to it make certain you consider the fact that politicians who don’t know how to make a pencil want to run our healthcare, our schools, our banks, plan our communities, direct auto companies,…. Well, there is no end to the power some of them want.
- “I, Pencil: My Family Tree as told to Leonard E. Read” (www.econlib.org)
Previous Posts In This Series
- HOW A POOR WIDOW ANSWERED HER CALLING — PART 1
- GOVERNMENT-GIVEN RIGHTS VERSUS GOD-GIVEN RIGHTS-PART 1
- PART 2 FOR BOTH “HOW A POOR WIDOW ANSWERED HER CALLING” AND “GOVERNMENT-GIVEN RIGHTS VERSUS GOD-GIVEN RIGHTS”
- PART 3 FOR BOTH “HOW A POOR WIDOW ANSWERED HER CALLING” AND “GOVERNMENT-GIVEN RIGHTS VERSUS GOD-GIVEN RIGHTS”
- PART 4 FOR BOTH “HOW A POOR WIDOW ANSWERED HER CALLING” AND “GOVERNMENT-GIVEN RIGHTS VERSUS GOD-GIVEN RIGHTS”