By: Susan Bea Good
“If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.” (I Timothy 3:1-3/ESV)
I voted absentee two weeks ago because I’m scheduled to be a poll challenger on election day here in Michigan on March 8. As I marked my ballot I noticed something strange. The candidates were listed in order alphabetically by their last names, except for Donald Trump. His name appeared at the top of the ballot, very much out of order.
As you can see I voted for the candidate who is the strongest constitutional conservative, because I believe that a leader who commits to following the US Constitution will make fair and healthy decisions for everyone in this nation.
Why is a constitutional leader so important? The current issues: immigration, national security, Islamic terrorism, gay marriage, education, deficit spending, trade imbalances, religious liberty, and abortion are all answered in constitutional principals. There is just one candidate who can be called a constitutionalist!
Though I understand that we are not voting for a Pastor-in-Chief, the biblical qualifications Paul gave to Pastor Timothy for overseer are interesting when applied to the candidates running for President. Again there is just one candidate who could qualify for overseer in a biblical context.
Bryan Fischer, from the American Family Association, has developed a five-point check list to score candidates on ability, character, reverence, trustworthiness, and integrity. And once again there is just one candidate who scores a perfect five.
I voted for the constitutional conservative with a perfect score on biblical qualification for leadership. I would urge you to do the same.
This blogger’s purpose is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it. Adonai Eloheinu!