TONY ELDER: God should be our candidate of choice as the ruler of our lives

One of the questions we will be answering before the end of this election year is who will be leading our country as its president for the next four years.

It's been interesting to see the various candidates rise and fall in the polls, often in conjunction with either accusations about their personal lives or their performances in debates.

As the primary season gets into full swing, the voters will now get the opportunity to make their choice. The decision as to who will next serve in the Oval Office may be a very important one for the future of our country.

But there's another choice that each one of us must make that has an even more profound and long-lasting significance for us. It's the decision as to who we're going to allow to be president, leader, master, or ruler over our own lives. Let's take a look at several of the candidates.

First of all, there is self. He's the candidate with which we tend to be the most comfortable. However, we must admit that his track record isn't very praiseworthy. He has limited knowledge about the situations we face. And he tends not to act very wisely when left to himself.

Even when he knows what needs to be done, he often doesn't have the power or ability to accomplish it. Self is the ultimate flip-flopper, being too easily swayed by the opinions of others, too easily attracted to whatever glitters the most, and too easily deceived by the draw of momentary pleasures.

At the root of self's difficulties is a sin-tainted heart that is bent toward doing wrong.

Another candidate vying to take a position of leadership in our lives is Satan. Some might consider him to be the epitome of a politician with his propensity to lie and to tell us whatever we want to hear.

He will run negative campaign ads against everything that is good and decent in our lives. He will promote a broad range of issues from apathy to blatant immorality to self-righteous hypocrisy. He will often team up with self to pursue their common goals.

It's important to remember that this devilish candidate isn't looking out for what's best for us. He has his own agenda that includes trying to hinder God's work in our lives and ultimately seeking to ruin us.

Satan is the candidate of the defeatist party. Although we may choose to follow His leadership in our lives at the moment, ultimately it will be revealed that he has lost to Christ in a landslide.

The other major candidate on our ballot is God. He's the only one worthy of the office. He is infinitely knowledgeable and is capable of doing whatever is needed.

Not only is He dependable, but it is impossible for Him to lie. His wisdom is out of this world. And His character is beyond reproach. And best of all, He truly cares about us and is seeking after our best interests.

When you compare the different candidates, there is really no contest when it comes to whom we should choose to be master of our lives. But the Bible reminds us that we cast our vote not primarily by whom we proclaim to be our leader, but by whom we actually follow.

So whose leadership are we following? To whom are we yielding our allegiance and service? The answer to those questions will reveal the true candidate of our choice.

The Rev. Tony W. Elder is pastor of Wesley Community Fellowship Church. He can be reached at 770-483-3405 or by e-mail at RevTElder@aol.com.