Three Questions for Candidates

Three Questions for Candidates

Is your candidate up for some tough questions? As Super Tuesday looms, I’d like to suggest three questions to ask about your ‘favorite’ candidate.

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Question #1 – Does this candidate have an orderly personal life?

It might be easier to run for president than to manage your private life. Everyone wants to lead others, but who can lead himself or herself? As Plato noted, “For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.

When I talk about someone’s personal life, I am not simply referring to whether they are self-disciplined. (I think all the candidates in both parties have demonstrated self-discipline just by getting to this point in the process). Rather, I am talking about how well they have led their private lives. What do you know about their character? What were their successes and failures? What is the state of their family?

This isn’t just a good question for presidents, but for all who want to lead others. Paul asked, “for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?”[1] Dr. Lloyd-Jones applied this test to politics when he said, “I have very little interest in what a statesman has to say if he does not carry out his principles in his own personal life.”

Question #2 – Does this candidate apply moral principles to government?

Fascism believes that ‘might is right.’ Government – especially the US government – is one of the mightiest institutions on the planet. If a candidate believes that might always makes right, he or she will soon abuse this excessive power.

“It is strangely absurd,” Thomas Jefferson wrote, “to suppose that a million of human beings collected together are not under the same moral laws which bind each of them separately.”

Ask – how did this candidate act when they held power in the past? Whether exercising economic or political power, did they treat their opponents justly? Were previous decisions principled or arbitrary?

Question #3 – Does this candidate’s track record demonstrate wisdom?

Jesus was accused of being a glutton, drunkard, and hanging out with the wrong crowd. Rather than answer each accusation, Jesus dismissed the accusations, saying, “wisdom is justified by her children.” [2]  It does not really matter what your opponents accuse you of. The consequences of your actions and decisions will give far better proof whether you were right or wrong.

Churchill said essentially the same thing – “We shall not be judged by the criticisms of our opponents, but by the consequences of our actions.”

When this candidate made decisions in the past, what resulted? Are their projects successes or failures? Do the laws they supported help or hurt the country?

Conclusion

How does your candidate add up? There are many important considerations in choosing a candidate, but America will win if the future president – red or blue, liberal or conservative – can give solid answers to these three questions.

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[1] 1 Timothy 3:5

[2] Matthew 11:19

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