A Christian Politician, What If?

The U.S. presidential election is over. Many American Christians believe that we had to choose between two not-so-great candidates. We argued over what kind of person for whom a Christian should or should not and could or could not vote.

When is the last time America had a solid Christian presidential candidate?

What would such a candidate look like? Pulling together a few Scripture verses instructing Christians on how they ought to live their lives – I thought, what if?

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2 ESV)

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. (Romans 12:9 ESV)

Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:17-21 ESV)

Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. (1 Corinthians 10:24 ESV)

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV)

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. (Galatians 1:10 ESV)

What if a U.S. presidential candidate clearly and unequivocally displayed the above character traits? What if he strived in all areas of his life to have those patterns reflect in his political life as well? What would his campaign look like? His policies? His comments toward his opponents and to the world? His promises, compassion, and justice?

Would such a person have a chance?

Just thinking…


p.s. What if all American Christians strived to live their lives in the same way?

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1 Jenny Elaine November 12, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Yes, good thoughts! I think it is more important that *we* portray those attributes….as we are the government. We have forgotten that we are supposed to be the government and not seperate from it, “of the people, for the people and by the people”. Also, there are multiple 100’s if not thousands of denominations and groups in the Christian church….all having their ideas of what a Christian really is. So, what kind of Christian should this president be? This is why I believe strongly that I am not to be relying on my President to have the exact same ideals that I do. For instance, if there are certain issues that are absolutely vital to me, then it is up to me to see that they are implimented…not expect the President to, for one, because his view of the nation is most likely much different then mine…as he may see it as he needing to consider everyone. Roe vs Wade is about to have it’s 40th anniversary. It is apparent that many, many professing Christians know how to unify to get things done and get a messege out instead of waiting another 40 yrs…or even another 1 or 2 yrs. So, this is why I think it is time to take things in their (our) own hands to rally and spread Christ’s love directed at women who are contimplating abortion, instead of waiting for some law. This would not only bring salvation to many women as they see Christ’s love in action, but save babies lives.We don’t have to go to the mission field in another country, we have a real one right here.

Wow, in a melting pot of a country the president’s job is a very hard job. If my heart is aiming at, not always hitting the target, but aiming at obeying God’s one and only new command, then I will want to treat others the way I would want to be treated….so, I would try and put myself in his shoes…which to me his job would be almost impossible and would need lots and lots of prayer to do even a halfway decent job.


2 theoldadam November 12, 2012 at 1:35 pm

In this fallen world, filled with fallen people, even our best efforts will fall far short (look at Calvin’s Geneva).

Not that we shouldn’t strive to be good. Of course we should.

But in this world, there will be no lasting rest, or peace, or victory.

But those things will be a reality when Christ ushers in His new Kingdom.




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