Voting for Trump is Unbiblical
Dan Mall

You make an interesting point Dan, but I think the Bible verse you mentioned is a bit out of context. Paul was referring to appointing elders in the church (bishop’s if you will) not politician’s (i.e. king’s) to rule a nation.

Would I like to have a president that embodies every one of the characteristics Paul laid out here? Absolutely! Has one ever existed? Can’t think of any in our generation, although to me Reagan (who was a Christian) came close.

I think the bottom line is we get the leaders we deserve. Simon Sinek articulates this truth pretty well here:

“A narcissistic population gets narcissistic politicians.”

I’m not crazy about either of them and frankly they both fall terribly short of Paul’s guidelines for church leadership. Are we getting the leaders we deserve? Do we need to change ourselves if we want to see better candidates running our country in the future? I think these are important questions to ask ourselves.

If I was at a job for 30yrs without affecting positive/lasting change–in reality, I’d be relieved of that job within the first two (not a viable candidate for another 4 or 8). If I was applying for the same job using crude/offensive language in the interview, in reality, I wouldn’t get that job either.

This is an election where we truly have to vote our conscience beyond the obvious flaws we see in our candidates.

This whole scenario really resonates with how Saul became king of the Israelites in 1 Samuel. And I think there may be something in this we can take away from where we are as a people and a nation.

God wanted to lead the people as He had been through godly leaders (like Samuel) that largely embodied Titus 1, but the people wanted to be like other nations and have an ungodly king rule over them even though it wasn’t best for them. Check it out:

1 Samuel 8:4–21:

Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.

But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt, even to this day — with which they have forsaken Me and served other gods — so they are doing to you also. Now therefore, heed their voice. However, you shall solemnly forewarn them, and show them the behavior of the king who will reign over them.”

So Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who asked him for a king. And he said, “This will be the behavior of the king who will reign over you: He will take your sons and appoint them for his own chariots and to be his horsemen, and some will run before his chariots. He will appoint captains over his thousands and captains over his fifties, will set some to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and some to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers, cooks, and bakers. And he will take the best of your fields, your vineyards, and your olive groves, and give them to his servants. He will take a tenth of your grain and your vintage, and give it to his officers and servants. And he will take your male servants, your female servants, your finest young men, and your donkeys, and put them to his work. He will take a tenth of your sheep. And you will be his servants. And you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, and the Lord will not hear you in that day.”

Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, “No, but we will have a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.”

And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he repeated them in the hearing of the Lord. So the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed their voice, and make them a king.”

I personally feel as a nation founded on Christian values, we (like the Israelites of long ago) no longer demand in our leaders the biblical characteristics you laid out in this article, and as a result, we’re where we are today.

We get the leaders we deserve.

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