By JAMES P. OLSEN | rural Ontario
“Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people.” — Proverbs 14, 34
Our concern for voting turns into a Christian obligation in terms of loving your neighbor as yourself. That is, I would want a leader, at any level, who by his or her example, does not lead others astray but encourages others to do good and be good.
Another way to say this is: we don’t want to vote for a potential leader who has no moral compass, but rather choose to vote for one who has an inner moral compass.
“When a man’s ways please the Lord, He (the Lord) makes even his enemies be at peace with him.” — Proverbs 16,7.
According to this Bible verse, we encourage peacefulness for the entire nation when we choose leaders who are not the cause of divisions.
“It is an abomination to kings (presidents, leaders in general) to commit wickedness: for the leader’s role is established by righteous honesty.” — Proverbs 16,12
“Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord … ” — Proverbs 16,5
Electing honest, humble but intelligent leaders is good for all. We are in an indirect but important way caretakers of the welfare of others when we elect leaders who are good for them. I am a steward of not only my own welfare, but the good of others.