Exodus 18:21 “Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens”
God’s perfect leadership checklist is worthy of further consideration. Consider the following thought from Noah Webster:
“It is alleged by men of loose principles, or defective views of the subject, that religion and morality are not necessary or important qualifications for political stations. But the scriptures teach a different doctrine. They direct that rulers should be men who rule in the fear of God, men of truth, hating covetousness. It is to the neglect of this rule that we must ascribe the multiplied frauds, breaches of trust, speculations and embezzlements of public property which astonish even ourselves; which tarnish the character of our country and which disgrace our government. When a citizen gives his vote to a man of known immorality, he abuses his civic responsibility; he not only sacrifices his own responsibility; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor; he betrays the interest of his country.”
Even secular institutions recognize the importance of Jethro’s advice. The United States Air Force offers the following as their Core Values:
- Integrity First – “men of truth”
- Service Before Self – “hating covetousness”
- Excellence In All We Do – “able men”
Yet, missing one characteristic – “such as fear God” – makes all the difference between meeting God’s standards and falling short of God’s standards. May we not fall short as we cast our votes next week.
PLEASE PRAY THAT AMERICAN CHRISTIANS WOULD FULLY CONSIDER GOD’S PERFECT LEADERSHIP CHECKLIST AS WE CAST OUR VOTES. Let us not be guilty of abusing our civic responsibility, nor of betraying the interest of our country.