From What Motive Running for Presidential Election?
One of the most significant expressions in the Bible is an "evil motive."
It means there are two types of motives when we do something: evil motives and holy motives. If we can act always from holy motives, we must not be blamed by God. But do we always think about whether what we are going to do is based on an evil motive or a holy motive?
We usually do something, because it is necessary or we simply want to do it to satisfy ourselves. We don't think about whether we are doing something from an evil motive or a holy motive. Rather, we know at least that we are doing something not from a holy motive. And, we think it is natural.
But Christ Jesus said that He was doing what His Father in Heaven wanted Him to do. And, Christ Jesus must have been doing only what His Father in Heaven wanted Him to do. In this context Christ Jesus was only one who was doing anything from holy motivation.
For us to be blamed for doing something from an evil motive means that we are inherently given ability to discern good from evil. Therefore, we are requested to act from a good motive. This ability cannot be generated from our existence in the nature. It must come from Heaven through our social lives.
Essentially acts based on love to others are not from evil motives. Acts to make oneself happy by sacrificing or neglecting others are from evil motives.
But acts based on love to God are from holy motives. But most people do not know what it is to love God. However, the first step toward loving God is to appreciate God for He allowed us to be born or have life. It means to admit that God created this universe and the world as well as human beings and human souls. It means that God is the Creator.
When we vote for, for example, US Presidential candidates, we have to think whether the candidates are running for presidency from an evil motive or a good motive. If a candidate is driving his or her presidential campaign mostly for his/her happiness or desire, his/her election efforts are based on an evil motive.
But can we find any candidates who are running for election to make Americans and global citizens or especially poor Americans and poor global citizens happy?
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Act 4:21 So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done.
Act 4:22 For the man was above forty years old, on whom this miracle of healing was shewed.