October 29, 2012 by Ben Irwin
The following is a guest post from Andy Mangum, pastor of First Christian Church in Arlington, Texas…
I realize it’s pretty late in the electoral season to be making an endorsement, but I thought I should go on record. (Better late than never, right?)
You see, I believe that I have found someone I can get behind and recommend without reservation. On election day, November 6, 2012, I will be demonstrating my commitment to him.
Elections are about power. This power belongs to the people, but recognizing that we cannot all craft our own laws and govern ourselves independent of one another, we place this power in the hands of those whom we trust enough to follow and to make decisions on our behalf.
My standards in this process are pretty high:
- I believe personal character and integrity are indispensable qualities in a leader.
- I believe that concern for the most vulnerable in our society should be our top priority.
- A person entrusted with power needs to recognize that each person they govern matters. None of them can be cast aside or forgotten.
- A person entrusted with power should be willing to speak truth even if it might have dire consequences.
- When a person entrusted with power is lifted up for all the world to see, it should be as an act of self-sacrifice and service for all humanity.
As I said, my standards are pretty high. And as I also said, I have found a person who I can get behind and recommend without reservation to others.
He is, in fact, the only person whose integrity never waivers, whose concern is for the vulnerable, who knows each constituent by name and cares for them as individuals, who willingly spoke the truth despite painful consequences, and who indeed was lifted up at the very moment he was giving his life for us all.
It is for this reason that the only endorsement I will ever make in my role as pastor or from the pulpit is this: I believe that Jesus is the Christ and I profess him as Lord and Savior of the world.
That is why on November 6, 2012, at 7:15 p.m., I will be at First Christian Church in Arlington, Texas with anyone else who is willing to join me for a meal of remembrance. This will be a time for us to join together as a community and to express our unity on the what matters most. Jesus Christ himself will be our host. This is not a fundraiser. All are invited and all will be welcomed.