[Jesus said] “Let me give you a new command: This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples–when they see the love you have for each other. In the same way I loved you, you love one another.” John 13:34,35
It seems as if every day a new candidate rises out of nowhere to toss his or her hat into the political ring to become our next president. It is my responsibility in the year-and-a half [sigh] before the election to discern which candidate represents my desires for the people of the U.S. and one all countries will respect as the leader of our great nation. This is a daunting task.
If Jesus returned to Earth as an American citizen and ran for President of the United States, there would be people who wouldn’t vote for him because of his “checkered” past. He had socialistic tendencies, when he healed the sick and fed the hungry. He performed jaw-dropping miracles and told stories that made no sense. And, he hung out with outcasts, women, and criminals.
Even with the Commander-in-Chief qualities Jesus showed during his ministry, he knew to be a great leader there needed to be love for one another–the kind of love God showed us through Jesus. He’d get my vote, and I’d even work on his campaign.
Dear Lord, help us discern which candidates running for office most nearly represent the values of Jesus. Amen.