Leadership is not about the next election, it’s about the next generation.
The qualifications of a candidate running for public office should not be issue-oriented as much as character-oriented. Why? Because the character of a person is the foundation upon which every one of their decisions and actions is built.
Regardless of what the news, media or other people say, what goes on in a person’s private life DOES affect their public life.
Of course the person should also be “able” and “experienced” for the position they seek (Exodus 18:21). They should have a consistent record of voting for legislation that is pro-family, pro-life and pro-God.
Outside of that, the Bible says they should be men (this also goes for women) who “fear God”, that is, they have pure motives, a godly and stable home life, and hate dishonest gain.
They should also be “men and women of truth” who are “wise and discerning”. This means they should have a Biblical worldview – thinking and making decisions based on the absolute truth of God’s Word, not human reasoning.
Many candidates may claim to be Christians, but do not hold to a biblical worldview. In other words, they are Christians in name only and have not had their minds renewed by Scripture.
As a result, they reason and make decisions from a humanistic point of view – they are led and even pressured by the wants, thoughts, and feelings of themselves and others. These are the candidates we want to avoid.
Why we need to vote
Charles Finney, a great evangelist, said
The Church must take right ground in regards to politics… The time has come that Christians must vote for honest men, and take consistent ground in politics, or the Lord will curse them…
God cannot sustain this free and blessed country, which we love and pray for, unless the Church will take right ground. Politics are a part of religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to the country as a part of their duty to God…
He [God] will bless or curse this nation, according to the course they [Christians] take [in politics].
The freedom to choose our president, our Senators and our local officials is not a Filipino or American or a country’s invention – it is a God-given plan for godly government.
In Exodus 18: 19-23, we see that Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, advised Moses to “represent the people before God.” Then in verse 21, Jethro tells Moses to
…choose able men from all the people – God-fearing men of truth who hate unjust gain – and place them over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens, to be their rulers.
Moses followed his father-in-law’s godly counsel, and as a result, the Lord blessed Him.
In a similar way, the Philippine’s system of representation is patterned after this Biblical example. In the hands of every citizen is placed the privilege and responsibility to select wise, godly men and women of integrity to represent them in the affairs of government.
John Jay, one of the authors of the Federalist Papers and first Chief Justice of the American Supreme Court, said
Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest, of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.
Noah Webster, author of the first American dictionary, wrote:
Let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for yourselves rulers, ‘just men who rule in the fear of God’.
The preservation of a republican government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty; if the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good, so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded.
If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.
Go out and vote
For most Filipinos, to abandon consistent participation in the political process is to abandon a great privilege and responsibility. To sell your votes is to sell the destiny of your beloved country of which you are a citizen.
To Filipinos who abandon participation in the elections, you have no one else to blame but yourself when this country is not what it is meant to be. You cannot shift the blame to whoever is elected because when you were given the chance to make a wise and righteous vote, you deliberately ignored it.
If godly men and women have no voice in the community, then by default the political life of the Philippines will stay in the hands of the ungodly.
In the words of notable philosopher Edmund Burke, “the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
What we need to do before voting?
I encourage you to read the Bible and find out for yourself why the church needs to make that righteous stand when it comes to choosing your candidate. We cannot separate the Church and the State in this matter.
Secondly, PRAY. Prayer moves the hands of God and is the indispensable foundation for change to take place. Ask God to:
- elevate every godly candidate running for office to stand out in the eyes of the public as the obvious choice. I say godly not religious because there is a big difference between the two,
- motivate Christians to get out and vote,
- expose and stop all voter fraud and tampering with votes,
- push back Satan’s agenda and that God’s ways will prevail – His way of doing and being right,
- there will be history-making, record-breaking turnout of Christians at the polls,
- the overwhelming outcry of the public would be for righteous candidates,
- God will cause a miracle to happen right before our eyes and will send everyone in awe including the enemy.
I believe these things will set the stage for renewal and genuine revival from North to South and East to West of the Philippine archipelago.
Thirdly, if you have concerns or need information on where a particular candidate stands or their platform of government, CALL their campaign office and ask them some specific questions. Their answers will expose the person’s true character and show the basis upon which all their decisions will be made – both now and in the future.
Here’s a link that I found that might help especially for May 13, 2019 elections = Sinotoriables 2019
Fourthly, HELP IN INFORMATION DISSEMINATION. Obviously, you can’t help and inform everybody, but you can help and inform somebody. Make that righteous choice and tell others about the right candidate.
Lastly, VOTE! Remember that your vote counts! Here’s a link to where you can find your precinct: Precinct Finder
Charles Chrismier, “Do not let discouragement tie your hands or close your mouth. NOW is the time for all good and godly men and women to come to the aid of their country.”
May magagawa ka!
Kailangan ka ng bayan mo!
Iboto ang tamang kandidato!