Joshua Men Of Covenant

Shaping Godly Leaders for Good Governace

A Petition

Reporma Pilipinas Prayer Patriots

Reporma Pilipinas Blue Book

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Compiled by Dr. Grepor Butch Belgica

Updated August 2012

Criteria for Elective Civil Servants

By the GRUPO ng BAGONG BUHAY na MAYNILA

Refer to: Dr. BUTCH BELGICA, President, National Reform Assn. (Phil)



Introduction:

1. Civil government is one of the 3 God-ordained institutions established by God's providence for the preservation of mankind for His divine purpose. (Family and Church governments are the other two).

2. The purpose of civil government is to provide order and preserve peace among individuals, families and tribes in an established society, through laws and ordinances, to enjoy individual liberty, create opportunities for prosperity, and have freedom in the pursuit of happiness.

3. God, the Supreme Ruler of the nations, commands governments to exercise righteousness and dispense justice in order to preserve man and the world. Without righteousness there will be chaos; without justice--bloodshed. (Isa. 5:7)


Agenda for Political Action:

1. To address the current lack of Principled Leadership among those aspiring for elected positions as civil magistrates.

2. To lift up the Standard for Choosing public (civil) servant-rulers (magistrates).


Principles for Political Action:

1. Pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, for wisdom and discernment.

2. Choose (scrutinize) good and able men, and go for the best.

3. Act and get involved?organize, educate and campaign.

4. Learn from authoritative sources?study and search the most authoritative source of blueprint for political action, the bible.



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Standards for One to be a Public (civil) Servant-Ruler (magistrate):


I. Exodus 18:21--?Able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness.

1.     MEN WHO ARE ABLE
--must be men of strength, not primarily physical but moral and spiritual as well; men of valor and virtue, of courage and character. A coward will not fulfill his duty to uphold God's righteous laws if doing so will be unpopular with the people. Men who have proven ability, courage, and integrity necessary to lead should be chosen as civil government leaders.


2.     MEN WHO FEAR GOD --men who honor and reverence God and His Word-Law, who stand in covenant with God (Deut. 17:15). Men who fear God are wise and are understanding leaders, for the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Prov.1:7). Those who do not fear God are, according to Scriptures, "fools" who hate true wisdom.

3.     MEN COMMITTED TO TRUTH
--men who stand firmly and faithfully for the truth. Men of truth do not lie. They love truth and hate falsehood. Truthful men can be trusted. Liars and lovers of falsehood are scourges to those they lead.

4.     MEN WHO HATE COVETOUSNESS --men who seek no unjust gain from their positions, hate (not just dislike) the thought of using his office to enrich himself through violence, fraud, bribes, etc., and must hate the covetousness in others. A covetous ruler will use the power of his office to seize for himself the wealth of those he governs or will dip his fingers into the government coffers, and will conspire with like-minded covetous men to do either or both. One who hates covetousness will not allow the use of civil government power to seize the wealth of another through unjust legislation or confiscatory taxation.



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Standards:  (continued)



II. Deut. 1:13 --Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes.




1.     Wise -- means to be skillful, prudent, intelligent, or able, denotes both natural ability and wisdom attained through experience. In biblical sense, it also begins with the fear of the Lord and proceeds to knowledge of God and His precepts. True wisdom comes from God as a man searches for it in his Word-Law as he would search for hidden treasures (Prov. 2:1-8). Such a man will come to understand righteousness, and judgement, and equity, and every good path. (Prov. 2:9). Thus, he is a man of ability and intelligence who is skilled in judgement because of his fear of the Lord and his knowledge of God's Law-Word.



2.     Understanding -- means discerning, has the ability to make a proper judgement, primarily to moral insight and ethical discernment. He is able to discern the right course of action based on the moral law of God. In terms of civil law, he knows what is just and is able to judge righteously in disputes of criminal cases because he understands God's law.


3.     Known
-- means one with a good reputation in his community, who has proven himself to be wise and understanding; whose character, ability, and wisdom have been demonstrated by his service in other spheres such as in family life, business, community service, church service, and etceteras. His family, relatives and friends attest to his character, ability, temperament and nature.

The biblical standards for civil servants given in Exodus 18:21 and Deuteronomy 1:13 give citizens a sure guide for determining which men among them are truly fit to serve as civil rulers. The qualifications given on these texts indicate three areas of concern.


(Refer to: Dr. Butch Belgica CP 09198593052) www.natreformassn.org


Three Areas of Concern of the Qualifications Given:

1.     Natural Ability --The demands of being a magistrate require men to be intelligent and have the skills necessary to lead others.

2.     Personal Integrity
-- Magistrates must be  men of the highest personal character, men of truth and virtue, lives an example of righteous living. Being charged with enforcing God's in the civil sphere, they should keep all aspects of God's moral law. They must be men who are in public service to serve God by leading men, and are not there to enrich or promote themselves.

3.     Spiritual Maturity -- As ministers of God, they should be men of spiritual attainment (a knowledge and fear of God) and biblical wisdom. They know that they are accountable to God and must someday give account to God. They are knowledgeable of God's law as revealed in the Scripture so that he can carry out his duty of establishing justice and righteousness in the courts and legislatures.


Other Actions to Implement




DEUT. 1:22 -- THE THING WHICH YOU HAVE SPOKEN IS GOOD FOR US TO DO.



1. In choosing good public servants, we use the standards set by God in the Scripture. As citizens who scrutinize, they go for the best. Voters must exercise their moral persuasion upon those aspiring to rule as public servants by insisting on the God-given standards as the basis for their votes to be given.

2. Get involved in organizing forums, symposiums, conferences, caucuses, and other group dynamics for the purpose of educating the citizens, young and old alike, on this godly standards, and campaigning, individually and collectively, for the best choices.

Benefits:

1.     Good civil rulers are blessings to the people; bad civil rulers     are scourges to them.

2.     God blesses a nation with peace and prosperity, whose     righteous leaders lead their people to righteousness; and reproaches or punishes the people with evil leaders.

3.     God's blessings are on people who choose men of ability,     character, and spiritual maturity as their public (civil) servant-rulers (magistrates). For this is obedience to His Law-Word.