Electing a pastor?

Tonight I don’t want to jump into all the details about the options but just wanted to comment on the thought “we aren’t electing a pastor.” Its true, but through the whole Bible, God blesses a righteous and godly leader and punishes the other. Proud kings and those that did evil brought tragedy to their nations. Godly men brought reform, revival, and healing. God used righteous leaders for revival many times, while the prophets and wisdom literature speak against a foolish leader.

Godliness is the priority in Scriptures. God doesn’t say “Asa did a good job with the finances or building the walls up.” (Sure it lists accompliments, but always after the summary of their life – be it good or evil.) They did right in God’s eyes or didn’t. That’s the measure of a true leader. God ordained government just like the church (Romans 13). So, yes, we aren’t electing a pastor, but we are looking for an individual to fill a God ordained position and the primary characteristic God seeks is a man after His own heart – like with David over Saul.

Saul was the man the people wanted. He looked like a good guy. He seemed humble even. He tried to do right. And he followed his own path. God wanted someone after his own heart. We don’t have to be Israel to see what God looks for in a person, how much more so in a leader.

A person of influence must always be held to the same standard. We see it through Scripture consistently. We see it laid out in the church and we see it in plenty of places laid out in the OT. We see the principles of servant leadership through the NT. God is looking for Godly men to lead.

Isaiah 66:2
But to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

That’s who God is looking for. And here is what He desires in a nation.

Proverbs 16:12
It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.

The throne is established by righteousness – not good money sense…or anything else. This is God’s plan. And a lost person cannot meet it. A saved person will mess up and sin, but the power of a Godly leader should not be missed from Scripture. He might not accomplish some of the same goals we want. But God’s priority isn’t on a wall, or making America great. God’s priority is on having a relationship with Him. The same goes for our leaders.

I pray that Christians will have a Biblical worldview, rather than a Republican/libertarian/democratic or even American worldview.

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Pitfall of winning

Today in class we talked about having a Biblical Worldview in regards to politics. In light of recent events – Trump winning a Republican primary in what is considered to be a known conservative Christian state – it is incumbent upon us to consider our worldview in regards to political views.

Not to rehash the entire discussion, some of the highlights are below:

1. We must talk, post, think, vote, and pray with the mind of God.

2. We must not align ourselves as children of God with a child of the Devil.

3. We must spend ourselves in prayer for our country. We pray not that God would be unjust but that He would continue his longsuffering and mercy towards us in postponing the judgment we deserve and that is coming.

The question was posed, which I have heard before and is a good question and worthy of discussion. It is a question I heard four years ago and even in another discussion early this morning. To summarize: Isn’t it better to have Trump than to have Hillary?

To answer, I ask another. Is one child of the Devil better than another? And here is where I think we misunderstand the true conflict. Every four years we have a battle but it is not between two parties. God does not win if Republicans win. And God does not lose if Republicans lose. Having the “lesser of two evils” is not God’s idea. Evil is counter God.

I’ve encountered many who believe this way, and I’m not set to change minds today but to challenge a problematic mindset that leads to that view. Perhaps this isn’t where your mindset stems, but for some I believe it can be found here.

Trump beating Hillary is not a win for God, for Christians, for conservatives, or even Americans who desire greatness. There is no win. It is a true lose-lose situation. But when we align ourselves on one side, we want that side to win. We need to be careful how we align ourselves. We may be registered as Republican but we must be Christian first. A republican win does not mean I win.

What of us then? Do we look for a win because we don’t like to lose or do we desire righteousness because God is holy? They don’t go together. One is a trick of the Devil. The other is the mind of God. I pray for God to grant a righteous person to lead our nation.