IS IT TRUE? In the era in which I grew up from childhood to adulthood we were often told, “Anyone has the opportunity to become President of the United States.” Is that really true? It appears that many in the political arena today still believe that axiom. I have never seen so many people running for the position of President of the United States and the election isn’t until November 2020. It would be nice if all these people who currently hold public office would just do the job they have been elected to do right now on whatever level and in whatever city or state they reside. If they can’t or don’t do what they have currently been elected to do and do it successfully what makes them think we would want to give them the office of the most powerful person in the world? If all they know how to do is obstruct the progress of the country at this point in time why would we think the country would be better off under their leadership? If these office seekers can’t successfully work with a group of the current office holders why would the voters think in the future they could manage to work successfully on behalf of more than 300 million Americans?
The Apostle Paul in the small book of Philippians in chapter two reminds Christians how we are to act toward one another as Christians since we are united in the love of Christ. He encourages us to be, “like minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others, In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus,” (Philippians 2:2-5 NIV). I think if all or even most of us Christians begin to relate to each other in this way we might become examples for the rest of the world to follow. It doesn’t appear to me that many if any of those who want to be President have the characteristics that Paul mentions and of course if they are not Christians we should not expect that they will think or act like Christians. But before we criticize them too harshly maybe we should look at ourselves as Christians and see how we are doing in our own relationships. Maybe as Christians we have failed by our own lack of efforts at evangelism and godly living and encouragement to produce the type of candidates for public office that we would like to see. Maybe if Christians become more biblical in their actions toward one another it might somehow raise the standard for those who want to be our leaders in the public arena.