Why Not a Presidential Candidate


Please note that the title can be a question or a statement!

Although I subscribe to a list that provides a”word for the day”, I find few words to use daily. But there is a word working its way from German to English that describes my  world weariness.  (Click to get meaning: weltschmerz.)  It appears to have an onomatopoeic effect.  It sounds world weary to me.

I also subscribe to a “daily inspiring quote for the thoughtful mind”. Today’s quote declares  that   “The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not our circumstances.”  I’m  weltschmerz in part because of the debate among the Republican candidates for the presidency.With so many candidates, I wonder if  I should run for the presidency.  I have unique, but not obvious qualifications.

  • IMG_1943I’m 89, Age matters?
  • My bank account is small. Money matters?
  • I’m simple, but not entirely unwise. Common sense matters?
  • I’m dependant on many for much.  That matters?
  • I’ve had little academic training. Knowledge matters?
  • I’ve been a Gospel preacher for many years Does it matter?
  • I dream boldly. Dreams matter?

These  are not obviously qualifications, but I am attempting to follow Jesus, even if it makes me look like a fool in the eyes of the unwise.   I am a natural born citizen of the United States.

Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee  is an ordained Southern Baptist minister.  In the debate among the Republican candidates he asserted that the purpose of the military was to “kill and break.” He was correct. That’s why I am s Conscientious Objector to war. To kill and break is not the way of Jesus and invites more killing, more breaking. Jesus was known as a healer, not a killer.  He was a carpenter, the son of carpenter. A builder, not a breaker.

JesusHuckabee and all others who call themselves christians should pay allegiance to the one who said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Some things ascribed to Jesus may be mythical, but his commandments only seem to be impractical.  If I were the president of the United States I would take national defense seriously by making peace with the enemies made by past presidents. I would be loyal to this overriding pledge:

I pledge allegiance to Jesus Christ,
And to God’s kingdom for which he died—
One Spirit-led people the world over, indivisible,
With love and justice for all.


About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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2 Responses to Why Not a Presidential Candidate

  1. Sam Troyer says:

    That is also my pledge of allegiance. It says it all, I pledge allegiance to Jesus Christ and to the kingdom of God for which he died. One Spirit led people indivisible with love and justice for all. When it comes to politics its going to be a very interesting election year. I am not sure a southern Baptist preacher would make a very good globally minded President. Hillary Clinton I hope will be the first Woman President. As we get more and more women involved maybe they can get our government to start working again.

  2. Sam Troyer says:

    I watched the Republican debate last evening. It sounds very scary the way they keep wanting to build up our military. I did learn a lot and see admirable qualities but other things that are really scary. Trump said his code name would be “humble” how funny. The one that impressed me most is Dr. Ben Carson, now there is a guy I could vote for if I were a Republican.

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