USA (MNN/Asian Access) — It’s another Super Tuesday, and the primary elections in America have been like horse races, watching delegates push forward or drop out.
Going until June 14, Super Tuesday elections will slowly be chipping away at the block of delegates. Voters will be narrowing down who the country’s future president could be.
Currently, Donald Trump is leading in the Republican party, with Ted Cruz following after, and John Kasich holding on. Fourteen runners have dropped out, including Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, and Ben Carson. In the Democratic party, Hillary Clinton is leading, with Bernie Sanders behind. Four candidates have dropped out.
With elections and propaganda pieces hanging over voters’ heads, its hard to know who to vote for. Asian Access looks at what the Bible says a good leader is.
This process reminds me of when Israel was looking for a king. They wanted a strong leader, someone who stood out among the rest. They ended up with Saul. You can see how that worked out by reading 1 Samuel 8-16. It’s an example of how, so many times, God acts in ways opposite to our human expectations.
For example, who among us would have chosen Moses to lead: “I am not eloquent…I am slow of speech and of tongue” (Exodus 4:10).
And how about Gideon: “how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest…and I am the least in my family” (Judges 6:15).
Finally, consider Saul’s replacement, shepherd-boy David:
“Do not consider his appearance or his height… The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).
Even Jesus Himself was born in a lowly stable and led a rag-tag group of disciples. It’s true that by following Christ, a worldwide movement of eternal impact was spawned. But these examples from Scripture illustrate that what God looks for in a leader is usually quite different than what we look for.
I don’t know about you, but I’m looking for a shepherd to rise as I look to vote this year!
A key strategic focus at Asian Access is identifying leaders who will shepherd the people God has entrusted to their leadership. We believe it’s an incredibly strategic task to identify kingdom leaders who will shape their families, churches, communities, and countries. And we’re actually seeing that happen!
What about you?
What qualities are you looking for in your leaders? More pointedly, who are you investing in? Look around you: who are the emerging kingdom leaders who you can influence and encourage? Hopefully they will help to shape their nation. And who knows: just maybe one of them will be the next president!
Going into the elections, pray that God would give you, the nation, and our future leader great wisdom.