The election of 2020 offers us the choice of voting according to “identity politics” or we vote based on “the character and skill” of the candidates. The color of skin, a man vs a woman, and other quota ideas are being emphasized over the character and skill of the candidate. We have not been encouraged to ask: “What quality of service do they offer our country?”. Are we voting for someone because they represent a certain race? Are we choosing them because they are excellent in their performance? Election of a senator, judge, or educational supervisor should not be based on any reason other than that they, as best we can tell, are the best in their field. We need quality not quota. What happened to “blind justice”? We should seek not to consider the outward appearance, but rather, like the example of our God-look at the heart of the person. In 1 Sam 16:7 David was the king God chose to lead because of his heart; his character. If God voted for David based on the criteria of moral and excellent skills, so should we look for that criteria in our candidate options. Our prayer focus today will be one of careful gathering of the information we have available and then praying for the success and wisdom of those running for offices. We pray that as best as we can evaluate, we ask the Lord for insight regarding their motives, their purposes, their love for others, their hard work ethic…etc. Will they make this nation better and brighter? The Lord hears our prayers for guidance and for the ability to influence others with His love and good.
“O Father, we ask for You to give our nation the best of leaders to serve us. Show us who the best choices will be as we seek to do Your will. Lead us, we pray. In Jesus name. Amen.”