Do you think a politician’s integrity matters?

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There is an old saying, “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted in important affairs.” This age-old saying, not attributable to any one author, is a time-tested principle. As we prepare for what is universally heralded as the most important election of a lifetime, integrity in political candidates matters. 

Whether you are a first-time voter or a perennial voter, choosing a candidate that reflects your values and integrity, matters greatly, especially if you value truth, character and honesty. It does not matter the candidate’s office; whether it is as lofty as the presidency or a candidate for judge in the local pie baking contest.  President Abraham Lincoln once said, “If you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” This test is the reason why the integrity of a candidate for political office matters. We are experiencing trying and difficult times.  It is very important that we have people in office who we can trust and have confidence in their ability to lead. If you know candidates who consistently lie, present false information and stretch the truth to fit their own actions, then in all probability, those candidates are not fit to serve the people. Always remember, a half truth is a whole lie! 

If you are having difficulty deciding for whom to vote in the November 3, 2020 American election, consider what the Lord says: “A man who makes a vow to the LORD or makes a pledge under oath must never break it. He must do exactly what he said he would do” (Numbers 30:2).  So, in summation, assess the candidates and based on their track records, you can determine who is more likely to keep his or her word or pledge, based on what you know about their history and current deeds.  It is difficult, if not next to impossible, for a leopard to change his spots. If a politician was a consistent liar yesterday and has remained so today, he or she will probably exhibit that character flaw tomorrow, and after the election.

Yes, integrity matters.

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