I want to follow-up on my last post about politics and voting. I encourage people to look at voting and choosing leaders through the lens of scripture. But what scripture applies? What does the Bible say about leadership? The next three weeks I will share some thoughts on leadership from the book of Proverbs, where leaders go for wisdom. All these verses are from The Message version of the Bible, a modern reading that I enjoy.

The mark of a good leader is loyal followers; leadership is nothing without a following. 14:28

A good leader motivates, doesn’t mislead, doesn’t exploit. 16:10

Good leaders abhor wrongdoing of all kinds; sound leadership has a moral foundation. 16:12

Good leaders cultivate honest speech; they love advisors who tell them the truth. 16:13

An intemperate leader wreaks havoc in lives; you’re smart to stay clear of someone like that. 16:14

Good tempered leaders invigorate lives; they’re like spring rain and sunshine. 16:15

These are meaningful words to ponder when you consider supporting any candidate and casting your vote, whether is be in national, state or local elections. Next week, I’ll share with you a few more nuggets of wisdom from Proverbs.