What Are You Looking For In A President?


The Presidential race is in high gear, and each candidate is trying to convince us why he is the more qualified one.

Each one?s commercials trot out his own qualifications, while vilifying his opponent?s.? Each candidate is trying to appeal to what he thinks we?re looking for in a president.

We?re looking for a president experienced, wise, strong and capable, able to stride through the halls of power, yet one who feels for the the poor, the elderly, and the single mom trying to make ends meet.? We want an incorruptible president who cares about our good.

But only Christ embodies all we?re looking for in the perfect leader:

?Would you have your Savior to be great and honorable, because you are not willing to be beholden to [an unworthy] person? And is not Christ a person honourable enough to be worthy that you should be dependent on him; is he not a person high enough to be appointed to so honourable a work as your salvation? Would you not only have a Savior of high degree, but would you have him, notwithstanding his exaltation and dignity, to be made also of low degree, that he might have experience of afflictions and trials, that he might learn by the things that he has suffered, to pity them that suffer and are tempted?…

Would you have your Savior to be one who is near to God, so that his mediation might be prevalent with him? And can you desire him to be nearer to God than Christ is, who is his only-begotten Son, of the same essence with the Father? And would you not only have him near to God, but also near to you, that you may have free access to him? And would you have him nearer to you than to be in the same nature, united to you by a spiritual union, so close as to be fitly represented by the union of the wife to the husband, of the branch to the vine, of the member to the head; yea, so as to be one spirit? ?What is there wanting or what would you add if you could, to make him more fit to be your Savior??

— Jonathan Edwards, quoted by John Ensor in The Great Work of the Gospel

We should exercise our right to vote.? And we should pray for godly leaders.? But let’s be careful not to hang our hopes on any human.? There?s only One infinitely great, honorable, and worthy of trusting with our lives.? Only One almighty yet acquainted with suffering, who can relate to our struggles and temptations.? Only One who is near to God and near to us at the same time.? Only One who is God and man, and a perfect Mediator between the Father and his children ? the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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  • Wendy says:

    Thank you for the reminder. Remembering in whom we put our trust and hope helps us to remember His sovereignty in the upcoming election. Regardless of who we vote for or who is elected, we can rest assured that God is in control of who gets into that office. We vote for the person that we think is right and we support the person we think is right, but ultimately God is in control and we can rest in His sovereign plan.

  • Courtney says:

    I’m having trouble this year. Just as you stated, we should exercise our right to vote, but what if I think that ‘none of the above’ is the best choice?? Without get all political, suffice it to say that I’m growing tired of a party that knows it’s got one issue voters for life wrapped around their finger so they don’t have to have good policy on anything else.

    Is it better to ‘throw away’ one’s vote on either a third party candidate or leaving the spot blank or to vote for the lesser of two evils?

    A matter for much prayer in deed.

  • Wendy,

    Isn’t it great to know that God is sovereign? Thanks for your comments.


    I’m no expert, and I’m not sure I have a good answer to some of your questions. I do think that the issue of abortion is the most important one – if one chooses to support a candidate and a party that actively supports mass murder of children, then he or she is supporting murdering children.

    Also, even if a candidate has great policies in other areas, how can God bless him if he promotes murder?

    My hope for a party that supports the rights of the unborn, would be that its candidate would be able to appoint pro-life judges, even if it were weak in other areas. Pro-life judges could have influence for many years.

    I would vote my conscience – if I didn’t have faith for a candidate, I would vote for whoever I could have faith for, even if that meant “throwing away” a vote.

    Ultimately, we have to trust in God’s sovereignty and pray for his kingdom to come.

    Thanks Courtney!

  • Courtney says:

    Thanks for your thoughts, Mark. No worries about me voting for a murderer. That’ll never happen.

    It’s tough because while I’ll be voting for life, I’ll at the same time be voting for someone who has plans to put my family’s livelihood (farming/ethanol) in serious jeopardy with his energy ideas.

    You are right though, I need to pray and trust(oh, but I’m a champion worrier!!) that God’s will be done in the country and that His provision be sufficient for my family.

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