At the risk of speaking out of turn, I did manage to identify four things I believe God does want from our leaders:
- Concern for Poor
- Humility before Him
The question is, how do I translate that -- especially the last! -- into a secular context?
Well, Unity08 does have this concept of a New American Agenda, where the delegates pose what they consider the most important questions for potential candidates to address. So, here's my best attempt to address the issues I feel are on God's heart (and I'm hoping will be on mine):
- Tell me about a time you were forced to choose between integrity and expediency? How about one where you made the wrong choice?
- What is the best long-term solution to reducing both the crime rate and our prison population?
- Do you believe is possible to eliminate structural poverty in the United States? How? When?
- How does your understanding of "God" (whatever that means to you) shape the way you make decisions?
To be honest, I don't how to answer those questions. But I do think we as a people would be much better off if we had leaders who did.