What Should a Leader Want?

Now here is the king you’ve chosen, the one you requested. Look, this is the king the LORD has placed over you. – 1 Samuel 12:13

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When Saul became king of Israel, Samuel was … well let’s just say, a little “under-whelmed.” In effect, he told the people, “You wanted a king and now you’ve got one. I hope you like him. Have at it. Catch you later.”

In most political elections, a majority of the public chooses a candidate who most reflects their values … the candidate that reflects their preferred view of themselves at that time. For example, if they see themselves as strong (or they desire to appear strong) they will choose a strong candidate. If they wish to appear caring or diverse, they might choose a candidate who reflects this diversity. This would provide one explanation for the see-saw results in most general elections. Whatever the reasons for our voting directions, we should make no mistake … we choose our leaders and we must live with the consequences of our choice (as Israel did).

The Christ-follower, when given the opportunity to choose a political leader, should not consider what he or she wants, but rather should ask, “What does God want?” And, be assured, God will want a leader who wants Him.

Politics is the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen. – Winston Churchill

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