Let God filter our decisions

November 9, 2012 chris
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A friend of mine recently sent an article regarding the upcoming election. In the article he made a very strong case regarding Jesus’ political affiliation.

“Jesus is neither a Democrat nor a Republican, He is a transformer,” he stated.

I must confess that I have to agree with him on that point. But his article got me to thinking about the type of leader I wanted for U.S. President.

I realize that this is a fallen world and that we live in the best country on this planet. I also understand that our society, as we know it today, comes from a mixture or former civilizations that have been fine-tuned to grant us the freedoms and rights we enjoy.

I also know that throughout history, any nation that has forgotten God has not endured. That being said, there are conditional promises for people who want a brighter future. That is my mind-set when I consider each election.

First of all, because the task is so great, I want a leader who is humble enough and wise enough to know that he needs God’s guidance and direction.

When God asked Solomon what he wanted, Solomon replied, “God give me wisdom because it is an important job to lead the people.”

As many of you know, it pleased God so much that Solomon requested wisdom instead of riches or long life that He gave Solomon all those things as well, which pretty much defines, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all things shall be added.”

I would also like a leader who is wise enough to surround himself with wise counsel. After all that was the suggestion Moses’ father-in-law gave him.        

If it was good enough for Moses during his time as a leader, then I’m of the opinion it is good enough for today’s leaders as well.

I am reminded of a story in the Bible in which a young man heard a voice calling him.

“Then the Lord called Samuel, and he said, ‘Here I am!’ and ran to Eli and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call; lie down again.’ So he went and lay down.  “And the Lord called again, ‘Samuel!’ and Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call, my son; lie down again.’ Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. “And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the young man. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, ‘Go, lie down, and if He calls you, you shall say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant hears.”’

So Samuel went and lay down in his place. “And the Lord came and stood, calling as at other times, ‘Samuel! Samuel! And Samuel said, ‘Speak, for Your servant hears.’

I would like a leader who is attentive to hearing God’s word. The scripture states, “My sheep hear my voice and another they will not listen to.” It seems logical for the created to look to the Creator for direction and guidance.

I know there are those who perhaps feel my views are too middle of the road. I can only give you the explanation my son gave his peers during a discussion at their lunchroom table.

Everyone took their turn sharing their views.

When it was my son’s turn he stated, “My father said I don’t have an opinion on that matter until I am out of the house and on my own.”

When his friends pressured him to commit one way or the other, my son reiterated his comment.

When it comes to voting, being a believer I must filter everything through the word of God. Like my son, my opinion is of little consequence. Who I like or don’t like doesn’t matter. I want desperately to be on the side of right.

I cannot and will not support a candidate who puts a question mark where God’s puts a period.

I don’t support oppressing those who cannot help themselves, but I don’t believe in supporting those who are too lazy to support themselves.

“If a man doesn’t work, then he shouldn’t eat.”

I believe things should be fair and justice for everyone, regardless of race or economic status.

I cannot support aborting babies or redefining the family.

So, if you are such a candidate, I voted for you and will pray for God’s blessing during your tenure in office.

If you are not such a candidate and you are elected, I will still pray for you.