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I just came across this 2007 endorsement of Gov. Romney by Wayne Grudem, an evangelical professor of Bible and theology and a rock star in reformed circles.  I don’t know if Professor Grudem still endorses Gov. Romney for 2012, but I found his article interesting.  First, he explained that he didn’t agree with Gov. Romney’s theological beliefs:

Romney is a Mormon, and I strongly disagree with a significant number of Mormon theological beliefs, which I find to be inconsistent with the Bible and with historic Christian teachings. But many Mormon teachings on ethics and values are similar to those in the Bible, and those teachings support Romney’s conservative political values.

Then, he talked about Biblical Examples of Leadership:

Or have we come to the point where evangelicals will only vote for people they consider Christians? I hope not, for nothing in the Bible says that people have to be born again Christians before they can be governmental authorities who are used greatly by God to advance his purposes. God used Pharaoh, King of Egypt, to raise Joseph to a position of authority over the whole country, so he could save his people from famine (Genesis 41:37-57). God used Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, to protect and raise up Daniel and his Jewish friends to positions of high authority over Babylon (Daniel 2:46-49). God used Cyrus, King of Persia, to restore the Jewish exiles to their homeland (Isaiah 45:16; Ezra 1:1-4), and used Darius, King of Persia, to protect the Jewish people as they rebuilt the temple in Jerusalem (Ezra 6:1-12). God used Ahashuerus, King of Persia, to raise up Esther as Queen and to give Mordecai high authority and honor in his kingdom (Esther 6:10-11; 8:1-2, 7-15). In the New Testament age, God used the peace enforced by the secular Roman Empire, the Pax Romana, to enable the early Christians to travel freely and spread the Gospel throughout the Mediterranean world.

Here in the United States, God used not only Founding Fathers who were strong Christians, but also Deists such as Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, to build the foundation of our nation. Jefferson even became our third President in 1801, a demonstration of the wisdom of Article 6 of the Constitution, which says, “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”

The Bible tells us to pray not just for Christians who happen to have government offices, but “for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way” (1 Timothy 2:2). It is not just Christians in government but all governing authorities who are “instituted by God” (Romans 13:1) and whom Paul can call “God’s servant for your good” (Romans 13:4).

This is just something to consider as we talk to other evangelicals who struggle with the whole religion issue.

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3 Responses to Wayne Grudem Discusses Biblical Examples of Leadership

  1. 4Aces says:

    Great find Nancy! – Mitt is the consummate servant-leader – he took a $1 salary for his years of work on the 2002 olympics and $1 for his 4 years of work as Governor of MA. Who has displayed the most Christian qualities in the campaign so far? Watch the debates and answer who has been the most fair and kindest towards his competitors? I see a highly capable and accomplished man who also happens to be humble and good to others – he does not make this about him, but about what we need to do for our country.

  2. roadlesstraveled says:

    I have policy issues with Mitt, but I still support him because of his character. I like the story about the filming of the campaign commercial at the home of a staffer – it was hot, and the staffer invited Mitt to wait in the shade of the garage while they finished setting up for the filming. When he came to get Mitt a short while later, Mitt had cleaned and organized his garage for him. With the famine of character out there in the political arena today, I long to have someone with integrity and decency in the White House. I think America could not help but do better, regardless of individual policy decisions.

  3. Brandon from NJ says:

    Well to add to what Nancy and the article have said, think about time, the people we elect as presidents do not serve for life, in fact, plenty of us have lived in the range of 3-6 presidents serving double terms (8 years), or more given that some have only served one. I was born in the early 80s, during the Reagan administration, I have been alive through every administration since then, again, the big down to Earth thing to realize is the time frame, when you vote for someone to serve in an executive capacity, assuming he doesn’t resign or get formally removed from office for a fraction of your lifetime, even if a given president does poorly, you either don’t have to vote for the re-election, or he won’t be on the ballot box because he has reached his term limit, and so you don’t need to carry some baggage about the departing candidate to the next election.

    Concerning now, we don’t just need to view politics for the temporary time frame, but the candidate needs to do likewise, one of the disappointing facts that I actually, though I would technically be Romney’s rival by my interest in enterprise, that he demonstrated some understanding of a time frame in how he worked as a venture capitalist during his time at Bain, up until late 1999. Some people were laid off in the short term for the businesses over which he and Bain assumed temporary management, however, in the long term, the businesses didn’t go under. The problem with politics is a lack of capacity to at least contend for this principle of short-term sacrifice for long-term success. This general value must be incorporated into politics in the form of reducing programs, because the source of wealth in government through taxation is poor, due to a combination of unemployment, and also low-wage or temporary employment being high as well. It’s a tough choice, but this value should be a priority when making decisions over whether or not to sign or veto. Once again, it disappoints me that plenty of politicians that are GOP aren’t being patient enough in their responses to just realize that there isn’t an inherent right to be great in today’s market, there are greater chances of success from a great outreach (networking) and a great deal of effort on an individual’s behalf.

    I agree with roadlesstraveled, I wasn’t an early Romney supporter, but he certainly has come to earn it over time.

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