A Righteous Person

Steve WeldonBlog

I was having coffee the other day with a friend when he asked me a question I’m not sure I’ve ever been asked. He asked if I would be willing to meet with an individual who is running for public office. Then he said I would probably be asked the following question, “What are you looking for in a politician?”

Well… if you know me at all, then you know, to the great displeasure of many and to the joy of others, I stay far, far away from politics. This personal preference was handed down to me by my wise and Jesus-loving dad who also was a pastor.  In fact, and many of you will think this is absolutely as nutty as a fruitcake (a saying also handed down from my dear old dad), I stay so far away from politics that my best friend and wife of 39 years doesn’t even know who I voted for in the last Presidential election.  I know… I know…

Anyway, I’ve been pondering the question concerning what I’m looking for in a politician, so when I’m asked, here is my answer:  I’m looking for a truly righteous person who is actually concerned about the citizens they represent. That’s it!  My primary concern is not if they are a man or woman, young or old, or even to which party they belong.

And then, as I slept on my answer, which actually did not involve too much sleep, the following Old Testament story came to mind from Genesis 18:26-28; 32. (Please read the entire story for itself as I’ll just share a few key verses.)

26 “The Lord said, ‘If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.’

27 Then Abraham spoke up again: ‘Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes,

 28 what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five people?’  ‘If I find forty-five there,’ he said, ‘I will not destroy it.’ —

  32 Then he said, ‘May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?’ He answered, ‘For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.’”

A few righteous people would have saved an entire heathen city.  But they could not be found.  How about now?     By the way, who is a righteous person? Scripture makes it very clear it is not any of us in and of ourselves. Our righteousness always falls flat on its face and, in fact, is like filthy, disgusting rags.  A person is only made righteous when they trust by faith in Jesus; therefore, they only live a righteous life as they live and love like Jesus.  As we are told in 2 Corinthians 5:21, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

To close, please ponder this:

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”    2 Chronicles 7:14