Friday, September 18, 2015

Post-debate thoughts

I saw ten minutes of the presidential debate on Wednesday night, then switched to a baseball game.

Then today, I read this:
"Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, 'He yearns jealously over the spirit cthat he has made to dwell in us'? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, 'God opposes the proud, but dgives grace to the humble.'” (James 4:4-6)
This passage, part of the second lesson for many of our churches this coming Sunday, makes me think: I wish there was a way to elect people to the presidency and other public offices who don't want or seek those offices, who don't need to pander to us or get our votes in order to feel worthy, and who don't feel they have to put a knock on others to get what they want.

And in the case of Christians being considered for the presidency or other offices, I would love to see candidates whose sense of confidence and worthiness comes simply from knowing that they are loved by God and redeemed through Christ and from no other source.

If these things were to happen, my vote would always go to the woman or the man willing to serve, not to the who craves honor, applause, or power.

A leader should be, above all else, a servant.

What do you think?

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