In another day, with a much different political landscape—a young man known as Joseph of Egypt exemplified wisdom and good judgment. He stood at a crucial moment in his life before a significant ruler—Pharaoh. He detailed the Pharaoh’s dreams and then gave instructions to the Pharaoh regarding the 7 year drought that was forthcoming. The response of the Pharaoh has always cause me to pause and ponder: “Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?” (See Genesis 41)
Abigail Adams, the faithful and wisely outspoken wife of John Adams, observed the American Revolution firsthand. She knew many of the men who gave their fortunes for the cause of American freedom. Benjamin Franklin being one of them.
Franklin lost his son, William, in the great battle for freedom. Not to death, but to the British Crown. He was a loyalist. He was the royal governor of New Jersey. William refused to resign as the Revolutionary War heated up. Patriots arrested him and confined him to prison for the rest of the war. This tugged at the heart of Franklin.
Of this dilemma Abigail Adams recorded, “I thought I could read in [Franklin’s] countenance the Virtues of his heart, among which patriotism shined in its full Lustre—and with that is blended every virtue of a Christian, for a true patriot must be a religious Man.” Notwithstanding Franklin’s personal foibles he was sensitive to spiritual matters. He was a religious man. He sought for the freedom of all men. “His last public act, in 1790 was signing a petition to Congress to abolish slavery” (Groote and Fox, Visions of Freedom, 81).
The Republican debate gave us an opportunity see the candidates, hear their words, and judge their characters. One of the ending questions even directly related to their faith.
I want the next president of the United States to be an exceptional (not overbearing) religious man. A president with wisdom. I personally thought Ben Carson and Scott Walker’s remarks were genuine and direct, yet not overbearing. I am also hoping that our next president has enough courage to correct people by saying no to government waste, divisive unions, and idle Americans that need to get moving and get off the dole. I am looking for someone to stop the national deficit in its downward spiral.
This will take a true patriot, a genuine man, a genuinely religious man. He will be a man in whom the spirit of God influences and sustains. We have some choices this presidential go around, but it will require us to look outside the political and billionaire classes. Ben Carson is an option. I believe Scott Walker is an option. At this point, I would gladly consider 2-3 others.
At this point in our nation, I think we should consider the statement from the Pharaoh as we watch, discern, and choose our next president: “Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?”