One of the common phrases I have heard over the last month is to vote your conscience. However, before you can do so, you have to choose between the lesser of the 2 evils. Thus, you need to develop a criteria to help guide your thoughts. Fortunately, King Solomon provides a checklist in the book of Proverbs before your cast your vote.
There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community, Proverbs 6:16-19.
One day God revealed a part of His character to Solomon. When finished recording these words, a reader can discover 7 qualities that the Lord despises. Anyone who possesses these traits should be disqualified from becoming a civil servant. If two candidates display at least one, you will have to do your homework to ascertain which can be trusted if any.
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us, Romans 5:3-5.
The passage above suggests that every human being is a work in progress. Thus, everyone possesses flaws, imperfections and warts. In view of this, its important to find a leader who handles adversity. This final benchmark should help the undecided make their final decision. Therefore, whatever choice you make, may you be informed prior to pressing the lever.
by Jay Mankus