If Jesus Christ were running for president, would the American people elect Him to the highest office in the land? What kind of leader would He be? What platform and constitution would He adopt?
Source: Shaun Venish
Jesus Christ's leadership skills are world-renowned, and He remains one of the most respected leaders of all time. He is the ultimate model of right leadership.
He is uncompromising but compassionate, diligent but patient, knowledgeable but understanding, fervent but sympathetic, persevering but persuadable, determined but easily entreated, persuasive but not dictatorial, hospitable but not invasive, and self-controlled but not self-righteous.
He is the perfect leader with perfect integrity, compassion and love for all mankind (John 3:16). He clothes Himself with perfect ethics, virtue, truthfulness and moral righteousness. He treats others the way any of us would want to be treated, with equal fairness, compassion and concern for all (Luke 6:31). He cares for the plight of the widows, elderly and disadvantaged (James 1:27).
His willingness to sacrifice Himself for the betterment of those under His rule was dramatically established when He voluntarily followed through with His and His Father's plan to offer up His own life for the sins of all mankind (Hebrews 7:26-28; Revelation 13:8; Hebrews 12:2).
He resolutely confirmed His unwavering loyalty to God, His government and His master plan while being cross examined by the Roman governor Pontius Pilate just before He was sentenced to a brutal scourging and painful death. "My kingdom is not of this world," He told Pilate. "If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight . . . but now My kingdom is not from here" (John 18:36).
With these kinds of leadership skills and a platform based on biblical principles, He would boldly move society in a new, more righteous and godly direction (Matthew 5:17-19).
Christ's platform and constitution
If Jesus Christ's leadership abilities did propel Him into office, He would permanently change the intent and nature of government by drafting a new constitution.
It would be designed to fulfill the ultimate purpose God has in mind for every man and woman—spiritual transformation in preparation of becoming the governing leaders in His future Kingdom.
This underlying theme would become the guiding force behind all social, educational and institutional policies and procedures. As the new constitution was enacted, governance would dramatically change in several important ways.
Today's political environment of stubborn partisanship and polarization would evaporate into attitudes of respect and cooperation (Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-17; Titus 3:1-2). Political discourse would become civil (Ephesians 4:31-32).
Policy initiatives and procedures would be streamlined to make them faster to adopt and implement (1 Corinthians 14:33). Decisions would be made for the benefit of the people, not for political expediency, furthering one's chances for reelection or advancing special interest groups' agendas (John 3:16-17). Abuse of power would not be tolerated (Matthew 20:25-26).
Vote for Christ?
What a contrast to political leadership today! Having Jesus Christ as the perfect leader with a constitution designed to implement the perfect system of government may sound too good to be true. But could it ever happen in America?
Sadly, when you examine the electoral process and the priorities of the American people in selecting their president, you find them standing in stark contrast to the platform Jesus would advocate.
Today many voters demand that an electable leader be in agreement with them on a whole range of issues. They want sexual freedom between consenting adults, freedom to abort unwanted children, freedom to have easy access to divorce, total freedom of speech including taking God's name in vain, freedom to choose their own religion or no religion at all, and freedom to select various forms of entertainment that are often drenched with violence and sex—like many of our movies, music, books, television programs and Internet sites.
However, Jesus Christ would support the interests of the electorate only if those interests were aligned with biblical laws and principles and were in the best interests of all concerned.
He would never compromise His values with political maneuvers or false promises in order to get into office. He proved this when He turned down Satan's offer to become ruler of the world in exchange for just one compromise (Matthew 4:8-10).
When you add it all up, it is obvious that Americans in general would reject Christ's platform and constitution and would not tolerate having Him in the White House.
Even some professing Christians would take offense at policies based on the Ten Commandments since they think God's grace somehow does away with the need to obey them. Certainly people of other faiths, or those with no faith, would take exception.
While Jesus Christ would be unacceptable to them, it's ironic that most Americans would accept an atheist as president, as a recent Gallup poll revealed.
This growing secular attitude underscores just how quickly Jesus would be rejected and how far Americans have drifted away from many of the Judeo-Christian principles on which the nation was founded.