Every couple of years, politicians with aspirations of holding public office, vie for the favor of America’s citizens. Commercials flood the networks, one party explaining how the current office holder failed and the other trashing the credentials of the contender. Both Republican and Democrat parties have diehards, people who scoff at voting for a person of a different political persuasion. Some claim to be Independent, voting for the person best suited for the position. However, in 2008, something unique happened. An African American campaigned for office…and won. After the election and Mr. Obama’s victory, pollsters suggested some people cast their votes for Obama to usher in a significant moment of history. Ignoring his radical ideology and personal associations, many Americans marked the ballot for Obama to prove race didn’t matter. With charisma, President Obama charmed the world, and the voting public believed he offered a welcomed “hope and change.”
As voting precincts closed in November of 2008, it soon became clear that Barack Obama would serve as the 44th President of the United States. Instead of voting to promote Capitalism and American Exceptionalism, the populace swooned over an up and coming “rock star” in the Democrat party. Swooning and “tingling legs” make for warm fuzzy stories by the main stream media, but poor reasons to elect a man to the highest office in the land. People often ignore the fact that character and morals matter.
Centuries ago, the nation of Israel learned a tough lesson in crowning a King. God served as Israel’s King until the Israelite children decided it was time to “keep up with the Joneses’,” mimicking the ruling system of neighboring nations. God instructed Samuel to let the people have what they asked for, but to warn them of the pending consequences. God enumerates the repercussions in I Samuel 8:
10 Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. 11 He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. 12 Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. 16 Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle[a] and donkeys he will take for his own use. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”
In verse 19, readers note that the people refused to listen, demanding to be like all the other nations.
Chapter nine opens with a description of the future king of Israel. Verse two states:
2 Kish had a son named Saul, as handsome a young man as could be found anywhere in Israel, and he was a head taller than anyone else.
Gill’s Bible Commentary explains,
“It was usual with the eastern people, and so with the Greeks and Romans, to choose persons to the highest office of magistracy that made a personable appearance superior to others, and is what they often take notice of, as a recommendation of them as princes.”
Good looks and a towering stature met the criteria for one to wear the royal crown. Unfortunately, the children of Israel failed to understand, “Man looks at the outward appearance but God sees the heart.”
In a few months, people once again vote for Congressmen. With the once expected “hope and change” now spiraling America into an abysmal state, people need to decide if this Country needs to slam on the brakes and make a hard right turn.
Former Democratic Congressman Artur Davis said it best at the Republican National Convention in 2008,
“Maybe we should have known that night in Denver that things that begin with Styrofoam Greek columns an artificial smoke typically don’t end well.”
Attractive flashy smiles, well-coiffed appearances, and articulate speeches should never be the clinching factor in an election. Take time to pore over the issues. Carefully parse the speeches, ideology, and previous experiences of the candidate, including partnerships and educational and social influences. Then, after weighing all the pros and con, pray about the selection. As a Christian, ask yourself the question, “Would Jesus vote for this person?” If not….don’t!
Contrary to the belief systems of some, character and integrity trumps “tingling legs.”
Character and morals matter.