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Running for Office

My mailbox is besieged with letters and advertisements from politicians, and in Florida it is hard to watch TV without seeing a political ad. Most of the advertisements have one thing in common—a harsh attack on the candidate’s opponent. The images of the opponent are often in black and white and always unflattering.

If you look at one of the political TV channels, do you ever hear someone say encouraging things about the other party? Or is it a relentless attack on the character of those on the other side of the isle?

In politics, it is certainly proper to point out the differences between the candidates, but is it done in a winsome and kind way? It is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?

Does something in your heart and spirit ache when you see and hear the way politics is now being conducted on a local, state and national level? What would it be like for a candidate to implement these biblical commands in his or her run for office?

  • Encourage one another (Hebrews 10:25).
  • “Do not slander one another (James 4:11).
  • All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because; God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5).
  • “Live in peace with each other” (1 Thessalonians 5:13).
  • “Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other (1 Thessalonians 5:15).
  • “Laying aside falsehood, speak truth, each one of you, with his neighbor, for we are members of one another (Ephesians 4:25).
  • Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you (Ephesians 4:32).
  • Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit; but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others (Philippians 2:3-4).
  • “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8).

A successful campaign can be run by obeying God and by honoring the opponent. It happened in our area last election when a godly person ran for congress.

Think about it and grow.

Warmly in Christ,
Howard Dayton