On Electing Leaders – or Statesmen(persons)

main-qimg-7387a574a2716a10439d18c494a667a0With the upcoming election dominating the news, I find myself intrigued, troubled and yet strangely at peace. Intrigued by the pure bizarreness of it all. Troubled by the divisiveness, negativity and polarity. At peace knowing (as a history buff) that things have been this ugly many times before – the 1800 and following elections were particularly bitter with outrageously personal attacks – I constantly remind myself that God is not rattled one bit.

Several related, random thoughts I thought worth sharing:

Statesman (Merriam Webster Dictionary) – a usually wise, skilled, and respected government leader

  • Consider the person as well as the politics. I have voted more than once for a candidate based on their integrity over their stances. Personally, I would rather have a person of character and integrity even if I didn’t always see eye to eye with them on every issue.
    • “The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
  • George Washington refused to be declared king, even when it was very likely he could have had absolute, or near absolute, power. Later, he refused to seek an almost certain third term – doing what was best for his country and keeping a balance of power that the forefathers envisioned. King George III said Washington possessed “the greatest character of the age.”
  • Harry Truman, after leaving office and living on his meager army pension ($112.56 a month), refused to accept appointments to corporate boards, speaking fees or endorsements (some upward of $100,000), stating “I turned down all of those offers. I knew that they were not interested in hiring Harry Truman, the person, but what they wanted to hire was the former President of the United States. I could never lend myself to any transaction, however respectable, that would commercialize on the prestige and the dignity of the office of the Presidency.”
  • When Jesus was offered all the earth by Satan, if He would only bow down, He responded that He would serve only the Lord (Luke 4:5-8; Matthew 4:8-10)

I pray for this country and its leaders. God uses the good and the great, the horrible and the wicked, to His ends and He will continue to do so. He also entrusted us with the honor and privilege of electing our leaders. Please honor Him and our country by carefully and prayerfully considering each and every office, from President down to the local sewer commissioner. It makes a difference, a big difference.

He has this.


  1. Vanessa Raanes says:

    Love this reminder. Thank you!

  2. Thank you for your wise words!