What is a Christian statesman?

With all this talk about Christian statesmanship, you might be asking: Just what does one look like?

First and foremost, a Christian statesman is a Christian—one who repents of personal sins, believes the Gospel, trusts in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and invites God by His Spirit to dwell in his or her heart. That’s how one becomes a Christian. But there’s more. A true Christian seeks to live a life guided by God’s Word and His Spirit and desires to make his or her days count for the Kingdom of Christ.

What, then, is a statesman? One whose public and private conduct is guided by a bedrock set of principles that will not be compromised for personal or political gain. Such a person rises above mere partisan politics and makes the overall welfare of a nation his or her first priority.

A Christian statesman, therefore, is someone whose commitment to Christ and love of country compel him or her to stand for truth and righteousness in government. Such a person recognizes that individuals (as well as nations) must ultimately give account to God and are dependent on Him for prosperity and success.

Need an even better picture of a Christian statesman? Read about the recipients of the Distinguished Christian Statesman award and catch the vision of applying your faith to public service.