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Preparing for the primaries

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The approaching presidential primaries will present Americans with a fairly wide selection of candidates. Balancing contenders' experience and positions on the issues, as well as discerning their individual characters, is essential. Prayer for divine guidance in making our selections can help immeasurably.

One important way we can judge candidates is on the basis of whether or not their capacities and policies will lead to moral and capable government. Ideally, we should be seeking individuals whose lives and political stands best express Godlike qualities, such as integrity, purity, intelligence, and justice.

The book of Isaiah eloquently describes the leadership of the Christ: "The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; and shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord.' n1 These are certainly useful qualities for any leader, particularly in making decisions that can interweave efficiently into a worldwide net of political and social needs.

n1 Isaiah 11:2, 3;

We can discern these qualities not only by noting what the candidates say and do, but also by praying for these qualities for ourselves. This prayer includes the recognition that because God, divine Spirit, is the source of all good, and man is inseparable from this source, we include the capacity for fully expressing these and other Godlike characteristics.

As we become more conscious of this ability and express more "wisdom and understanding," we will become alert to these qualities in others. This is perfectly natural. For example, individuals who ski a lot soon become adept at picking out the really good skiers on a mountain. The same is true for those who enjoy and are disciplined about expressing Principle, God, in every aspect of their lives. They, too, become expert at spotting the genuine article.

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