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WHAT SCRIPTURALLY QUALIFIES A PRESIDENT TO GOVERN?

The leftist liberals who oppose religious freedom and conservative values are incessant in finding a means to disqualify our current President. Whether it’s his negative comments on Twitter or his unorthodox methods in governing, his opponents are looking for anything to suggest he is not fit to govern the nation. Even among some Christians, there are differing opinions on the President’s integrity and effectiveness based on his demeanor and style.

If we are to get past our personal preferences and differing opinions, we must look to Scripture to provide proper perspective in what God looks for in a civil leader. In our desire to see a greater Christian witness in the government mountain, are we missing the powerful ways in which the Lord is using nominal or even non-believing leaders to extend Kingdom influence?  Are Christians imposing a standard on our President that is not even mandated by Scripture?

The specific character qualifications for church leaders (deacons, overseers, elders) are stated in 1 Timothy 3, Titus 1:6-9, and 1 Peter 5:1-3. It is evident that those whom the Lord calls to lead the Church are held to a high standard. They, and their families, must demonstrate godly character and a life of integrity that upholds biblical values. Their role is to bring the lost into the Kingdom (Matt 18:16-20), disciple believers into holiness and godliness (1 Tim 4:6-11), and to mature the Bride of Christ (Eph 4:12-16). In all the descriptors, it is clear that God expects high moral character and purity of conduct and speech in those who lead His church.

However, the Bible refers to civil servants differently. Rather than a list of qualifications, the Word details how God will use governmental leaders to accomplish His purposes. In Romans 13:1-6 and 1 Peter 2:13-14, the role of governing authorities within human institutions describes a different kind of leader. They are:

  • God’s servant for the good of the people
  • A terror to bad conduct, bearing the sword
  • Avengers who carry out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer
  • Servant of God, attending to taxation of the people
  • Sent by God to punish those who do evil and praise those who do good

These descriptions of how God will use civil leaders include no indications of personal morality or godliness being necessary. Though it may be desired, it is not required. They are used by God, and in that sense are authorized by Him, yet their personal conduct and behavior is not mentioned. Their primary role is to keep the people safe from harm, punish those who break the law, and reward those who do good.  The authority granted to them is so strong that it should even bring “terror” (fear of the Lord) to those who break the laws of the land.

In Exodus 18:21-22 judges were appointed to govern the people. Their list of qualifications called for men who feared God, were trustworthy, and hated bribes. Again, their personal morality was not a factor, as much as their track record of being truthful, honest, and God-fearing. King Cyrus (Isaiah 45) and the Pharaoh (Genesis 41) were both heathen rulers who recognized God at work and empowered the people of God to flourish and succeed. In both testaments, God’s purposes for governing rulers was to discern rightly, judge fairly, and follow the laws of the land so that all would thrive.

What does this mean in today’s political process? For those leaders, including the President, whose demeanor or style may not fit our desired approach as a Christian, we can look to the primary qualifications in Scripture to determine their ability to govern well. Unlike church leaders who must model Christ to the flock, civil government leaders are called to rule with a strong hand to ensure safety, protection, and freedom for all. Even if we do not personally care for a president’s personal style and approach, we must look to his initiatives and legislative actions to determine the greater good he might be doing for the nation.

Perhaps instead of focusing so much on personal style and demeanor, it is time believers start assessing, and championing, our President’s effectiveness by the qualifications listed in Scripture. What is his track record since being in office and what has he accomplished? What legislation has he initiated to improve the quality of life for all citizens? How is he dealing with those who threaten our sovereignty and national security? How is he rewarding those who serve the nation and its good citizens? And, for those concerned about conservative values, how is he supporting Christians and religious freedom?

We must continue to pray that all our elected officials would have an authentic encounter and personal relationship with Jesus Christ. But, let’s not disqualify those who have not yet heard, or are still on journey. If they are truly fulfilling God’s purposes as civil leaders, their actions will speak louder than their words and their accomplishments outweigh their personal weaknesses.

Therefore, whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. (Romans 13:2-4 ESV)

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15 Replies to “WHAT SCRIPTURALLY QUALIFIES A PRESIDENT TO GOVERN?”

  1. Up until now I don’t think anyone has ever seen a a President who is walking in the anointing of a Warrior like Donald J Trump. He is put in this position to fight at the gates of hell and to destroy the works of the satin. He talks thinks and acts like a Warrior Not you’re pastor.
    He is saving this country with a handful of men willing to take the heat and stand with him.
    God says don’t touch my anointed, therefore a lot of people need to start repenting.

  2. Thank you Wanda for this refreshing insight. I have been so discouraged by my Brothers and Sisters in Christ that chose to tear down this President for his personal sins while not considering his Spiritual achievements. It’s a wedge in the church, a wedge to the family that I’m sure the evil one delights in.
    Thank You Lord, we see Your hand at work. Father I pray for the remnant to come together in prayer, word and deed to achieve Your will on Earth as it is in heaven. May those that choose to judge POTUS consider first Who is Holy, Who is Just, Who is Right, before placing judgements on another. Lord forgive us as we first forgive others and lead us not into temptation, but deliver is from the hands of the tempter, for You have won the victory, may we live lives that Glorify You alone, humble us O Lord, in Jesus name, we thank You for those that came before us, for the prayers of the Puritans and generations of past, may You hear our prayers that generations to come would have the freedoms and inalienable rights provided in the Constitution & Declaration of this great America. Amen

    1. In Jesus name, yours truly agrees with you in prayer Vicki, may our Lord draw all believers in America together in one accord to pray for and stand with President Trump that he may act with God’s wisdom… Amen

  3. In all that you do and all that you are AMEN!

    THANK YOU lord for being there for us as You have always promised. Please forgive our nation for taking our blessings for granted and not putting our trust in You. Thank You for this chance to redeem ourselves. You are so good to us. Please Father be with our President and hold him close to You as he governs in bringing us back to where we need to be. Please Lord touch the hearts of those that are confused, ignorant or lost in Your plan for us. Help us to learn what’s right so that we may honor and glorify You. Thank You for Your love and guidance. You are the Master and You hold us all in Your hand. We must all lift You up in Your grace. In the glory of Heaven and in Your son Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

  4. So is the government official not judged by God’s rule for all men? And all the ungodly rulers/ kings were killed for the burden they placed on people Even David was punished for his immortality.

  5. As usual,(thank God!), Wanda rides in with the wisdom flag of her station in life! Thanks, Wanda for your gift to the Body, to rein in truth and wisdom in your leadership! Glory to God for His appointments…including our President, duly elected!and appointed… Let repentance be done where it is needed by the Body.

  6. Lord thank you for the TRUTH of Your word. Forgive us humans for looking at the spec in President Trump’s eye instead of the log in our own. Lord thank you for President Trump and Vice President Pence and how You guide them and use their gifts and talents to accomplish Your will. Lord please heal our land and forgive our sins Lord and bring repentance and revival to America. May we bring You Glory and may we stand with Israel in Jesus name. Amen

  7. Thank you Lord that the thrones of this world are yours and you place among them the basest of men. Let the ones you exalt be exalted and the ones you abase be abased.

  8. Government. God over men. He can use the political mountain to discipline or reward. As his church, how disciplined are we? Good government will protect, envelope, enable and allow the people of the country to reach their destiny. Bad government does not care how it’s people fare, their goal is to feed off the people for their own power and gain. If the church is requiring discipline, then God can bring it through political forces or through natural disasters, or by whatever means necessary. In order to have good government, we have to use Wisdom as true Wisdom will bring us into the presence of the Lord. Then we are ‘qualified’ to decide if our government is aligned with you or with the enemy. As Washington said, ‘Men will either be governed by the Bible or the bayonet.’ Lord Jesus, bring Your people to their knees to seek Wisdom and as we do we will find You. Then You will direct our paths. Then the steps we take as Your people to pray and to follow where You lead will make a difference in the places where we walk.

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