God is necessary part of righteous leadership

By Joan Clayton

I’m getting a little weary of all the hoopla about who is running for this or that in our government. So let me tell you what kind of leader I would like to have.

I want a leader that stands for morality, integrity, honesty and character. I want a leader who is not driven for personal greed or self-promotions, but someone who loves this country and is willing to sacrifice while leading the nation in the best possible way.

We now have a society, which has shunned prayer, rejected biblical principles and mocked Christianity. We are witnessing Judges 21:25, a society that does “what seems right in its own eyes.” Proverbs 29:12 confirms the fact, “When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.”

Good leaders are trustworthy. They do not penalize people for having honesty nor do they encourage questionable conduct.

Children in this generation have been denied prayer in school and have had The Ten Commandments removed. I read somewhere that someone finally figured it out. It takes 35,000 laws to enforce The Ten Commandments.

Give me a leader who is not afraid to take a stand for righteousness. Give me a leader who honors God, wife and family. Give me a leader who is willing to call right “right” and wrong “wrong.” Give me a leader who is not intimidated by political correctness. Give me a leader who respects life, young or old. Give me a leader who respects this country, who stands up for it, who would defend it, love it and serve it. Give me a leader who gets a tear in his eye whenever “The Star Spangled Banner” is played. Give me a leader who loves “Old Glory,” will salute it and would make it a grave offense to desecrate it or burn it.

Will America ever have such leaders? Can we produce such leaders if our children are brought up in a godless society?

Godly people produce godly offspring. Godly people produce good and law-abiding citizens. If we are taking God out of our society are we willing to pay the devastating price? The result of such an action will only lead to a decadent end, and along the way, more crime, less freedom and the destruction of the family upon which our civilization is built.

The fact that history repeats itself doesn’t seem to register. Great civilizations have crumbled from moral decay. We seem to be slow learners.

It isn’t too late! Please stand up and be counted. Demand integrity from leaders. Please don’t ignore corruption. Make your voice and your vote count. Write letters to editors and express your opinion. Get beyond the media bias and search for the truth.

Get involved in your child’s school life. Know what your child is being taught.

Object about the filth and trash that floods TV and every other sign of degradation.

We are in a war … a battle for our very basic freedoms of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That dear reader is worth fighting for.

We can make a difference and when we do, we will begin to see real leaders again, leaders with morals and leaders who respect family values which holds this country together.

So let’s put on our boxing gloves. Let us fight evil on every front. You may be just one but you may be the one that turned us around. Let’s leave a great country we grew up in for our grandchildren … a country of patriotism, respect, and most of all, freedom.

We celebrate George Washington and Abraham Lincoln this month. They gave their all. Can we do less?

Joan Clayton is a retired teacher, writer and religion columnist living in Portales. E-mail her at: