It’s election season again, and your vote matters!
Howard Phillips once said, “Your vote is the currency of your virtue.” So if you’re a values voter bound by Christian virtues, it’s time to get prayed up and prepare to put your virtue on the line.
It’s a privilege to live in a nation where we get to elect our leaders, because our voice truly matters. Billions of people throughout history would’ve loved to experience this reality. We should never take it for granted.
Most importantly, we realize our nation is in a moral and spiritual free-fall and nothing short of a genuine spiritual awakening will save us. No candidate, regardless of how charismatic, courageous or crafty they are, can fix America – only God can.
“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord” (Zechariah 4:6). Human nature looks for strength and success in a leader. While these are attractive and good qualities, without the Spirit of the Lord leading, strength and success can be used in wrong ways.
Of this George Washington said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” We tend to agree with our first prez on this, so we take very seriously where the candidates stand on God and the Bible.
That being said, we realize we aren’t electing a pastor in chief or a church deacon for Congress – but a leader empowered to punish evildoers and reward those who do good (Romans 13). This is why a candidate’s worldview and application thereof is a vital consideration when electing a president. What sort of man or woman do we want leading the free world?
To answer this question we’ve built a filter through which we sift candidates to see who comes out in the end. Check it out:
Conviction: Living from the inside-out. Many politicians today live from the outside-in – polling determines their policies, and their vote is based on voices not values, which means they change positions frequently. But convictional leaders have built-in values that are embedded within their soul, and these convictions never change. The culture doesn’t change them. They change the culture. Conviction brings supernatural courage to stand, even when no one else will.
Character: This is who you are when no one else is looking – choosing to do right in hidden things, which prepares you to lead in public things. Your character is what’s in your heart. It’s what comes out of you when you’re bumped, prodded or squeezed. You want to know what type of character someone has? Pay attention to what comes out of their mouth when they are criticized and critiqued.
Commitment: With elected officials, we’re specifically talking about a commitment to the Constitution. Our country is not simply a democracy (majority rule), but a constitutional republic (nation of laws). If the majority wanted to do something wrong, our system of laws keeps us in check. The Constitution provides this “check” – it’s the fixed point of our republic and brings order and rule of law. Without it, we drift toward anarchy (everyone is a law unto themselves) or hierarchy (one institution lords over all). Our leaders must know and be willing to submit to the Constitution.
One very important note here: The person who gets our vote must recognize our rights are not granted by the Constitution but protected by it. God grants rights – not government. If leaders don’t understand this, then the decisions they make will ultimately expand the very institution they’re trying to limit.
After the foundation filter comes the fundamentals. There are plenty more we could add to this list, but we’ve boiled it down to three keys:
Principles: These are fundamental truths that provide the foundation for belief and behavior. They’re moral flashlights that help you choose right from wrong. Biblical principles are God’s way of showing mankind how to live well, how to flourish while here on earth. The best leaders are “principled” in their thinking, not simply pragmatic in their actions. Leading by principle conserves flourishing moral values for future generations.
Policies: Policies are principles made public when approaching decisions. If your principle is that people should work to earn a living and government assistance deteriorates personal determination, then your welfare policy would reflect that in the form of work-based assistance as opposed to free government handouts. Or if your principle is that God gives rights and government protects them, then you’ll work to limit government while maximizing individual liberties. Our leaders should clearly articulate their policies, based upon their principles.
Presence: The true test of a man is not simply what he is on stage under the lights, but where he stands in the heat of the battle, where his convictions collide with culture. Being present and putting your principles on the line, as opposed to ducking for cover and running the other way, is true leadership. These leaders are willing to be present and decide on issues that reflect their principles, not simply react to the polling.
As we decide who to support as a candidate for president we’re looking for a public servant with Godly conviction, moral character and a commitment to the Constitution who’s bound by principles and has developed policies accordingly, and will stand with commanding presence, even in the face of sure shame and scorn.
That leaves us with Dr. Ben Carson, Sen. Ted Cruz and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. But we can’t vote for three. (Wouldn’t that be interesting?)
Having played professional sports, we love to use sports analogies in a pinch – and now is the perfect time for one. In the NBA, all five players on the court are good enough to take the game winning shot, but you have to get the ball to the player that has the best shot at making the basket. In our opinion, Ted Cruz is this man.
We’ve got more to say about why, but we’re past our word limit already! Take a look at our video endorsement.
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