If I ask them, "Do you think Christians are supposed to vote Republican?" I'll often be told that they feel that most Republicans will uphold the same values and morals as theirs so that is who they want working in the government. Usually, this falls on The Issues. Abortion, Gay Marriage, Stem Cell Research. Did something seem out of place with one of those last sentences? You're right. I mentioned a person affiliated with a political party and upholding values and morals in the same sentence.
Let's be honest here. Wouldn't you agree that most of the people running for office want what is best for everybody? I feel that basically they have the same intentions. Keep our country safe, balance a budget, make sure people have access affordable health care, etc. Nobody has the intention of creating fake wars for oil, socializing health care, ruining lives, or turning our nation into a morally decrepit country unsuitable for life. Do you want to know what kind of person I would like to see leading this country? A Leader.
Here the basic qualities that make up a Leader qualified to run this nation:
- Compassion - if the leader of our country is lacking in Compassion, the world is in trouble.
- Selflessness - a true leaders lead from their desire to serve others around them. Not to serve their own ambitious goals.
- Communication - this really is key for everything. Parenting, marriages, running a business, etc. A leader must be able to communicate their goals, feelings, ideas, and messages to those around them.
- Can Effectively Equip Others - A leader cannot simply assign someone to a task without first being sure that person is properly equipped to the job. Our leader needs to place people in positions and be able to equip them with authority and ability - seniority doesn't make the grade.
- Exhortation - verb. to urge, advise, or caution earnestly; admonish urgently.
- Able to Prioritize - I give my kids a bath after dinner, not before. Otherwise, they'll need two baths. Prioritize.
- Make Decisions on their Own - So many people get into a position of leadership and cannot make decisions on their own. They need approval, affirmation that they are making the safest decision (the one that won't get them into the most trouble AND if something fails they have people around them to pass the blame on to.) This is passivity at its best (or worse.) A Leader cannot be passive. Leaders need to make decisions based on the information they have and own the outcome whether good or bad.
I'm going to end with two questions to my readers and I encourage you to answer one or both of the them in the comments sections below.
1. Do you think Christians are supposed to vote Republican?
2. Which political part do you feel best encompasses those leadership traits listed above?