An Elected Officials Character Does Matter

Dec 31, 1969

I have heard it said more times than I can count..."When we elect the President of the United States, we're not electing a Pastor but a Politician". Usually this statement is made to justify some moral flaw of the person the commentator wants to support. Government is not a man made idea but is an institution established by God Almighty according to the scripture. What is the role of Government according to the biblical standard? We get an idea by reading the Apostle Paul's commentary in Romans, Chapter 13. In verse 3, Paul writes, "For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you." We conclude from these comments that one of government's essential roles is to provide laws that allow for civil order in a society. The laws established are not designed to regulate the conduct of the one who abides by the law but for the one who breaks the law. If that be the case, then how can a person who is elected to make or administer law be a lawbreaker? This notion would be similar to the proverbial "fox guarding the hen house."


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