Aired on May 4, 2010
Narration by Baben Lumapas
Many candidates are good at presenting promises and plans. But the question is, “Can they keep their promises?” To answer this, we must examine how candidates have acted in the past. This is because a person’s past behavior is often the best indication of how they will behave in the future. In other words, we must consider a candidate’s track record.
If a person has been consistent and trustworthy in the past, if they have successfully implemented plans, come up with new solutions, and achieved positive results, it is a very good thing! On the other hand, if a person has a long record of ineffective actions, this should serve as a warning sign. It may be wise for us to look not so much at what a person has ‘planned to do’, but rather at what a person ‘has actually accomplished.’ A candidate’s track record should be scrutinized. It is our best evidence of what someone is capable of doing in the future.
Indeed, Christ himself said, “A the tree you shall know its fruits.” in Matthew 7 verse 20. By scrutinizing someone’s past behavior, we are applying the wisdom of Christ.. As the same passage of scripture reminds us, we can be certain that grapes cannot be gathered from a thornbush. And a thistle doesn’t produce delectable figs.
That is why, in choosing candidates for our country, we must remember that experience counts. We should heed the words of the Gospel and examine a candidates experience and integrity. Let us be cautious of people who rely upon smooth speech and image consultants, or who make bold promises about the future. Those candidates who make bold promises must be evaluated on their ability to actually keep those promises.
So, let us be prayerful and practical as we examine the claims and the character of each candidate.