If you are like me, perhaps you are at least somewhat relying upon the process of elimination to cast your vote this primary election season. Let me explain.
Scripture tells me that there are two choices in life: blessings and curses. Blessing comes from righteousness, curses come from unrighteousness. Take a look:
“See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way that I am commanding you today.
I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days.
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
Thus, in making decisions on candidates, my first priority has always been: whose life has most accurately portrayed righteousness? I’m not looking for perfection, as none of us reach that level, and sin is forgiven. But, which candidates are “for Him?” Which candidates’ lives reflect the grace of my Savior?
Secondly, I closely evaluate the candidates’ stance on Israel. Perhaps you say, “That’s only one minor issue. Why does Israel matter?” According to Scripture, it is of utmost importance. God called Israel to be the vehicle of world redemption and to oppose Israel is to oppose God’s plan. That is why He clearly states that those who bless Israel will be blessed, while those who curse Israel will be cursed. (Genesis 12:3) God pronounces curses on those who curse Israel! I don’t want to be on the wrong side of that equation. How about you?
In my mind (after last night’s primaries and the demise of yet another candidate), I believe that leaves only Ted Cruz as the only possible fit. Certainly the Democratic side has no one approaching the standards of moral excellence. Donald Trump is a life-long liberal, now trying to convince the world that he is conservative, and yes, while John Kasich has kept his nose clean and seems to be a “good man,” fact is that I have not heard him present a strong, no-holds-barred commitment to stand strong with Israel.
To be clear, every candidate (including Cruz), has limitations, and I certainly don’t agree with every position he takes. However, he appears to be the candidate most likely to become a Josiah for America. God knows we need one!
Will you pray with me to that end? I believe that God wants to bring about revival here in America and around the world, but are Christians hearing Him? One man can’t change the world alone (even if he is president!). However, one man can lead a nation toward Godliness, and if the people will humble themselves and pray and seek His face and turn from their wicked ways, then God will hear! (2 Chronicles 7:14) Healing could come to our land. However, it cannot come without the prayers of the saints! It’s a year of prayer, so will you join me?
Remember: no matter who is president, Jesus is still King!