Below is the post I wrote during the presidential campaign. I post it again for your consideration.
U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: FOR WHOM SHOULD YOU VOTE?
You don’t, of course, really expect me to answer that question. I do join many of you, however, in feeling disgusted, amazed, and discouraged by the 2016 campaign.
Having said that, however, let’s look at Holy Scripture for guidance. Who were the great leaders of the Bible? From a Christian perspective, we’d probably list Jesus first. However, Jesus led a spiritual kingdom. In fact, in the New Testament, we aren’t given examples of leaders who would translate to today’s world.
In the Old Testament, though, there were leaders like leaders today. They led nations.
Abraham. But he was a liar and a doubter of God’s promise. He entered into an illicit relationship with Hagar.
David. While he was described as a man after God’s own heart, he was an adulterer and a murderer.
Moses. Yet his sin prevented him from entering the promised land.
Esther. Though she saved a nation, she was part of a pagan king’s harem.
These great leaders (and there are many more, of course) were great sinners. They weren’t great leaders because of themselves but because of God.
Today, we look for great leaders who have what it takes to do an unbelievably complicated job. We’re looking for people who don’t exist. Maybe we should look to God, who can, if he wills it, do great things through sinful humans, whether they want him to or not.
God worked through Jonah to save the people of Ninevah over Jonah’s vigorous objections. (Jonah 4:1) When Joseph’s brothers confronted him out of fear because of what they had done to him in the past, Joseph told them not to be afraid: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50:20, NIV) And when Jesus described the working of the Spirit, he said it’s like the wind: “It blows wherever it pleases.” (John 3:8)
Before we get too worked up, let’s trust Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.