If you are willing to run for office, go for it


Every society deserves to be led by leaders whose practice, personal life and governmental processes are carried out in righteousness.

Unfortunately, sociologists are saying that of all of the institutions that have added to the general cynicism and disillusionment of our age, none have made a greater contribution than our government.

Over the past few years, we’ve been exposed to every conceivable kind of scandal, from Watergate to Iran Contra to congressional shutdowns, banking scandals, sexual scandals, misconduct and corruption of every kind.

Every time another government official, whether local, statewide or federal, is caught lying or leading a life of corruption, it undermines any attempt to restore character and integrity in our nation.

So God’s plan of virtue development calls for people in positions of civic leadership to act with honor and courage and to carry out the governmental processes with integrity.

I am thankful that because of the resurrection power of Jesus Christ, all hope is not lost. We know God is still in the business of transforming people and changing lives.

Circumstance may seem bleak at times, but we can all still pray for our leaders. Have you considered running for office yourself? The old saying is true: “Instead of cursing the darkness, you can always light a candle.” Are you willing to follow the leadings of the holy spirit and get involved in the governmental process personally?

I believe many who read this column are high-integrity, competent, intelligent, capable, Christ-following people who could make an enormous contribution to our local, state or federal government if you would be willing to serve. Would you at least pray about it?

In First Kings 11:38, we read, “If you do whatever I command you and walk in my ways and do what is right in my eyes by keeping my statutes and commands, as David my servant did, I will be with you. I will build you a dynasty as enduring as the one I built for David and will give Israel to you.”

And I love the principle found in Proverbs 14:34, where it says, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.”

Who knows what God might want to do through you? Are you open to the possibility if that is the direction the Lord leads?

I believe a revival of righteousness can take place in these United States of America. We desperately need it. My prayer is, “Lord, let it begin with us.”

You may read Steve Greene’s blog at pastorgreene.wordpress.com or you can email him at [email protected].

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