America is governed by its civilians.  That is unique to who we are.  The men and women who are serving in our government are there because we put them there.  And if they stay in office, they stay because we do not replace them.  

So, it is true in every sense of the term, "Our government is a reflection of who we are."  

This is why our founding fathers were concerned about what would happen in the future, if a day came when our nation no longer held true to the righteous principles that are established by the scriptures and true Christianity.   

The success of our nation is dependent on a mindset toward righteousness and love, the kind that is embodied by the God of our fathers whose very name is both
Righteousness and Love.  (Malachi 4:2 & 1 John 4:8)

That does not mean that we have to be perfect, or that our leaders have to be perfect.  But it does mean that our priorities must be based on righteousness, character, and strength of mission.  If this is not the case, then the foundation is destroyed and that which has been built on that foundation will crumble and self-destruct.  

The hope for America is that the people of God will be awakened and become a vibrant force of influence and leadership.  That does not mean that all of our government leaders have to be born again, Bible-thumping Christians.  But their principles, their character, and their motives must be a reflection of who we are supposed to be.  And the only way that will happen is if the Christian civilian becomes a reflection of who God is, and becomes vocal and active in the process of electing our leaders.  

Let's take a look at the current case in point.  There are two frontrunners in the current campaign for president - one in each major party.  They both have been frontrunners for many months now.  It would not be too far-fetched to say that both of these candidates are a reflection of who we are as a nation - at least of those who are loud enough to be heard and active enough to be called voters (that is if the polls are correct).

Neither candidate is a reflection of righteousness and love.  Both have proven over many years, in my opinion, to be self-centered and power-hungry.  And both have little defense for the major unrighteousness of which they have been accused.  

One has made his riches on the poor luck of desperate gamblers, whose lives are now in shambles.  You don't have to be anti-gambling to study the flow of money out of the pockets of the many who cannot afford it, into the pockets of the few who boast of its riches.  He has gone bankrupt four times and has contributed heavily to politicians who could help him maintain his wealth.   The other is accused of making her money from the contributions of the international super-wealthy, whose only interests are major political favors - favors that will make them rich and powerful, with no care as to the impact it has on our nation.  This accusation is well-documented and not well-defended.  

One has shown that she will say almost anything to protect her reputation, currently laden with scandal and illegal procedures.  Her stories change almost weekly.   The other does not even try to defend his reputation of sleeping with "some of the greatest women in the world" - a proud quote from a book he wrote.  

One is known for his arrogance, belligerence, and self-centeredness.  He is currently slandering people right and left, throwing caution to the wind.  The other is known for her deafening silence and misdirection on multiple substantive accusations; if tried and found guilty of these accusations, it would at the very least bury her political career and could easily land her in prison for many years.  

You may think I am being a little harsh or being judgmental.  But I don't believe anyone who is honestly paying attention could argue with my assessment.  

What is really disheartening is that many have fallen into the trap of supporting someone merely because of their popularity, personality, or powerful persuasion.  Character, principled policy, and pure motives have taken a back seat.  The scary part is that much of that support is coming from professed Christians.  

May I suggest a short checklist for supporting a candidate?

One)  Are they a person of character?  They do not have to have a perfect past.  But they must be willing to own their past and show that they have made it right where they have been wrong.  President McKinley, when running for office at the end of the 19th century, was accused of fathering a child out of wedlock when he was young and keeping it hush hush.  A committee of pastors and other spiritual leaders was formed to interview him and make a judgment.  They reported that he had, in fact, fathered a child, but had been financially supporting the mother and child all of those years.  McKinley won the presidency.  Oh for the day that we would return to such a process.  

Two)  Are they a person of right and wrong?  Do they support principled policy?  Will they make wise and righteous decisions that are in line with scriptural truth?  Will they defend the dignity of life - from the unborn, to the elderly, to the trafficked?  Will they seek to solve the plight of the impoverished and the marginalized?  This is not about a political party.  It is about promoting real answers, whether they promote the political party's agenda or not.  

Three)  Are they a respectable leader?  Do they put others above themselves?  Are they trustworthy and are they people of integrity?  Do they lead, or do they follow the whims of political shifts?  Are they able to be steadfast with that which is right and influence others toward the same?  They cannot just be able to work with the opposition.  They must be able to persuade the opposition, or persuade the public to change the faces of the opposition in the next election.  That takes a leader.

Those who know me know that this article is a little out of my character.  But enough is enough.  You can count on one thing: I will not be voting for either of these candidates.  I will not tell you who to vote for.  But if you possess strength of character, love, and righteousness, let me know.  I might start a write-in campaign to elect you the next President of the United States.

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