Who would Jesus choose? by Vanessa Petersen

Who would Jesus choose?

Who would Jesus choose?

Ecclesiastes 1:10 Is there anything of which one can say,
                      “Look! This is something new”?
                      It was here already, long ago;
                      it was here before our time.

This is a thought I have a lot during presidential races. Jon has talked a lot lately about how this generation is cynical. I am no exception. I don’t do politics. I fully acknowledge that there are people called by God to make a difference in the political arena. It’s not my shtick. Every four years, people think about who is “running the country” for a couple months and then they go back to their regular routine: complaining about who is “running the country.”

Don’t get me wrong. I vote. I take full advantage of the work of sister suffragists. I understand the three prong governing system and I support it. Checks and balances all the way. But it is silly to me the pressures put on our leaders to “save” us. From the economy, from war, from debt, from busted levees. Head’s up folks! Those are the consequences of the billions of people in the world sinning. In Christ, we have a Savior, not a Fairy God Brother. The cross took the eternal punishment for sin, not the worldly consequences.

The great irony in politics these days is that even though conservative Christian values are scoffed at (by people in all parties), they are exactly what politicians use to point out what other people are doing wrong and what they are doing right. I thought morals were personal preferences now? Hmm, maybe they’re based on something larger, more substantial? 

The Bible has a lot to say about what we should look for in leadership. Now realize that these are principles for Leadership and requirements for shepherd/ Pastors. This lisHere’s 1 Timothy 3:1-7, edited a bit for way it’s been used in the political arena lately:

“Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his (or her) heart on being an overseer(president/ vice-president), he (or she) desires a noble task. Now the overseer must be above reproach (speech analysts, body language analysts, clothing analysts, no votes cast on both sides of the issue, no lobbyist money in the bank account), the husband of but one wife (divorces are seriously scrutinized, bigamy is so not ok, interns are off limits), temperate (anyone remember McCain’s woo-hoo heard ‘round the world before the primaries?) self-controlled (ditto), respectable (treat all of us worker bees right, shall we), hospitable (kiss those babies), able to teach (a.k.a. explain why your plan for economic and security issues is going to work), not given to drunkenness (can’t have a lush taking the oath of office), not violent but gentle (able to send troops anywhere at a moment’s notice, don’t want a hot head at that trigger) , not quarrelsome (diplomatic stuff very important), not a lover of money (anyone remember Ross Perot?). He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respectIf anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?(or for this context, if he or she can’t manage their family, how are they supposed to run the USA) He must not be a recent convert (don’t want someone who just decided to trade sides of the congressional isle, Lieberman), or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil (party he/she  just left). He must also have a good reputation with outsiders (bi-partisan support, North Korea, Iran), so that he will not fall into disgrace (three letters: WMD) and into the devil’s trap.”

My economics 100 professor in college explained the difference between the two major parties like this: Democrats fix things for now, Republicans see what can work for the long run. Agree or disagree, that’s your business. Not all Republicans are crusty old pro-life evangelists and not all Democrats are young pro-choice agnostics. “Obama for Change” or “Country First.” It’s your choice.

Jeremiah 17:5 This is what the LORD says:
                    “Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
                     who depends on flesh for his strength
                     and whose heart turns away from the LORD.

One thing remains the same and as Christ followers we need to recognize it: God is the only hope for our country. As Pastor Dan Southerland and company have said in the past couple months, “The local church is God’s plan A. There is no plan B.”






~ by westsidecollegeministry on November 4, 2008.

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