What makes a good president? We are awash with opinions about the Obama presidency and prejudgments about what Trump might do. But what are the standards by which those opinions are formed? I don’t believe such standards should be based primarily on political preferences. We’ve had great presidents from both sides of the aisle. Let me suggest a benchmark taken from Psalm 89, a declaration of praise addressed to God.
14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
love and faithfulness go before you. (Psalms 89:14)
If I could have my “druthers,” I’d like a president whose claim to leadership authority was based on a solid foundation of righteousness and justice, both of which preclude favoritism. I’d like a president who was known for how sincerely he or she loved, one known for being absolutely faithful. I’d like a president who bore the character of God.
Of course I understand we humans don’t measure up. But more than party leanings, those are the benchmarks I measure by as I wait for the arrival of the King of Kings. May God truly bless, guide and protect all of our leaders and develop a greater sense of understanding among all the people of this nation.