In my last post I addressed the question of whether followers of Jesus should vote. That brings up another important question. Who should we vote for?
I remember reading through the statewide voter guide before the 2003 special election for California Governor. Among the many candidate statements was one from Kevin Richter of Manteca, who described his qualifications as simply, “I breathe.” As bad as that was, it was better than the statement from candidate Trek Thunder Kelly of Venice, California, which began, “Dear Voters, Please vote for me, thus breaking the Seventh Seal and incurring Armageddon.” No, I didn’t vote for either of these guys, though 1,505 other people did.
It’s not always so easy to know who or what to vote for or against. Here are some simple suggestions to consider if you haven’t already cast your ballot:
- An online search will yield lots of information about candidates. Just enter their name in a search engine or on Youtube.
- Focus on a candidate’s proven values and character.
- Check out their leadership history and how they’ve voted or spoken on important issues.
- Don’t believe any campaign advertisements or mailers until you’ve checked their accuracy. And if they contain twists of the truth, what does that say about the person or group who made the ad or mailer?
- If there are election races or propositions that you don’t know anything about (which is probably the case on today’s long ballot) it’s better to skip them than to cast haphazard votes.
We would be especially wise to follow the advice that Moses received regarding the appointment of leaders to assist in governing the Israelites:
Exodus 18:21 “You shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens.”
Notice that these leaders were to be:
- out of all the people – Common people who understand common issues.
- able – Proven to be qualified for the task.
- fear God – Humbly submitted to God and His word.
- of truth – Completely honest, all the time.
- hate dishonest gain – Without a hint of corruption or greed.
- leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, of tens – Fit for this particular position.
Hmmm, … do you suppose that rules out Trek Thunder Kelly?