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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Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.