Who is your ideal candidate?
Someone who is wise, bold, just, benevolent, self-sacrificial, and full of integrity?
In America we have the wonderful privilege of voting for our future leaders. We get to compare and evaluate candidates and see how they measure up to each other and to our own ideal standard. We get to cast a vote of confidence that they will stay that way while in office and that they will look out for the best interest of the country.
In this world we also have the wonderful opportunity of choosing who we will worship. And there are many candidates vying for your allegiance. These candidates include dark spiritual forces that operate behind the scenes in the world, the desires of your own sinful nature, the devil, and Jesus Christ (see 1 John 2 and Ephesians 1). Of these options, only Jesus lives up to God’s perfect standard. Not only does he meet the requirements of an “ideal candidate” listed above, which makes him worth following here on earth, but he also meets the requirements for someone to follow into eternity. While alive, Jesus demonstrated wisdom, boldness, justice, generosity, and integrity. When he laid his life down, he modeled self-sacrifice, while also creating a way for his followers to have peace with God. When he rose to life again, he proved that he had power over sin, Satan, and death. Because of his life, death, and resurrection, he has proven himself worthy of our worship and allegiance.
While you are thinking about who you want to follow for the next four years, please also consider who you will follow for the rest of your life- and eternity.