Selecting Those Who Will Represent You

 
In evaluating and selecting the candidates for public office,
we should consider their character and their morals
as well as their position on the issues.

 

Now is the political season.
How should we choose those individ­uals who would represent us in the halls and offices of government?
In His written word, The Lord God set forth certain basic requirements - mini­mum standards - for those who would seek or hold public office.
The attributes were set forth in those early days when The Sovereign Lord God ordained and activated civil government.
His standards are eternal; they should be our standards now: they provide a measuring rod Christians should employ as we consider the candidates and select those who will represent us in government today.

 
On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being best), how does the candidate rate based on these criteria?
 
1. "loves righteousness, and hates iniquity,
 
6. One who will seek justice, knowing that
a person of truth" (an unrighteous person
 
justice will be found only in obedience to God's
will be an unrighteous official) Ex 18:21
 
holy word Deut 16:18; 2 Sam 23:3.
2. Known to be wise in the fear (respect)
 
7. Is blameless, without scandal in personal or
of The Lord and His word. Ex 18:21;
 
public life (for this and criteria 8, 9, & 10, see
Deut 1:13;17:15.
 
I Tim 3:1-13; also Ex. 20:1-17)
3. Seeks truth rather than prestige or
 
8. Is not wishy-washy, but is firmly grounded in
personal profit and power. Deut 1: 17;
 
The Bible, and strong in the faith; not covetous
2 Chron 19:6,7.
 
(v 3)
4. Will not succumb to flattery or be
 
9. Governs self and household well (personal
bought by favors or bribery. Deut 16:19
 
habits and conduct of those who seek office are
 
 
rightly matters of concern (v 4,5 also Pr 25:28))
5. Will put the best (true) interests of the
 
10. Exercises sound judgment; acts to uphold
people above the pressures of private and
 
God's purposes for and principles of self and
special interests. Deut 17:17; Lev 19:15
 
civil government (v 6,7. Also Mark 12: 16, 17)
Choose you this day: Who would best honor The Lord?

 
 
 
 
Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of the Congress [editor adds: 'and State Legislatures]. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national [and State] legislature….If the next centennial does not find us a great nation…it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.
President James Garfield