I recently read an interesting article by Michael Brown titled, “If you could only choose one characteristic for a presidential candidate, what would it be?” He conducted a poll on X, formerly known as Twitter. He asked, “As a voter, what is the single most important factor or quality you’re looking for in a presidential candidate? The four choices were: Integrity/character; Good policies; Backbone; Unifier.
The results of the poll were as follows: “Of the 698 who responded to the poll, slightly over half (50.1%) voted for “Good policies”; 38.7% voted for “Integrity/character”; 10% voted for Backbone; and only 1.3 % voted for Unifier. Brown asked his wife what would she pick and she said all four. He said his pick would be Integrity/character. That would have been my pick as well, Integrity/character.
It seems to me Integrity/character would include the other three, good policies, backbone and unifier. We need leaders who have Integrity/character, who can implement good policies, have the backbone to stand for what is right and can unify our political parties to see progress for the good of everyone.
There are politicians already lining up to run for their party’s nomination to run for president. At this point in time it looks like it will be another contest between Biden and Trump, though there is plenty of time for that to change.
I have never been one to use what little influence I may or may not have to influence others who to vote for in elections. I think everyone has an obligation, as a Christian citizen, to inform themselves on where the candidates stand on the various issues and to vote accordingly. I do not care about personalities, I want to know where a candidate stands on the issues.
I take my Christian convictions into the voting booth and I vote for the candidate who I think has the integrity and character to adopt and implement policies that are good for everyone.
The first election I voted in was when Jimmy Carter ran for president. He said he was a Christian and I voted for him. But he adopted foreign polices and did not make good decisions I thought were in the best interest of our citizens so I corrected that mistake by voting for Ronald Reagan. I do not know if Ronald Reagan was a Christian, but I thought he had good ideas that would be best for our nation so I voted for him and I think to this day he is the best president this country has ever had, at least in my lifetime.
It seems that we do not have good choices anymore when we have people running for president. The way it is shaping up we may not have good choices this next presidential election either. But I will take my convictions into the voting booth again and pray for our nation.
Micah said, “what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” That is what I want for this nation. Leaders that will try to do what is right for all our citizens.