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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