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How can I honor God by running for class president?


KIRSTEN WRITES: I’m running for class president. How do I run a campaign that’s pleasing to God? What are some points that I should talk about?

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  • The way I see it, you don’t have to be preachy to honor God. Show your devotion to God through the way you run your campaign, not through lectures to your peers. Here’s a few tips:

    Always tell the truth.

    Don’t EVER make promises that you are unwilling or unable to keep. (Better to go small and succeed than go big and fail. Don’t tell them, “If you vote for me, all your wildest dreams will come true.”)

    Be respectful of your opponent. And congratulate him or her if you lose. (Respect can be hard, especially if your opponent fights dirty, but people will notice your respect and admire that. They may even vote just because of this.)

    Treat every person like they are the last person on earth. (If you really want people to vote for you, treat every person like royalty. Look them in the eyes, listen to what they say, and just be an overall pleasant person to be around.)

    Well, there’s campaigning 101 for you. 🙂 I’m not sure what setting this is in, so maybe some of these things won’t apply. Just remember that you don’t have to preach to people in order to share God’s Love. Your interactions, your words, and your reactions will say a lot about who you serve and where your priorities are.

    Vote for Pedro.

    Hope this helps!

  • This is prolly a little off-topic, but back in the day (2008) I was UNANIMOUSLY voted class president …. of my homeschool class.

    • Nice! Reminds me of the Tim Hawkins song: “I’ve been number one, first in my class, for going on five years straight!”

      • Oh…. OK =^D What helped me when I was sort of like the class president at our small Bible School two years ago (where I was responsible for myself and the other 6 young men) was that I regularly prayed for wisdom according to this verse:

        “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” –James 1:5 NAS

        And I tried (and mostly succeeded) to pray for each of them by name every day, and 7 months beforehand (when I realized that day of leadership would eventually come) I tried befriending all of them, and the “friendship leadership” approach that I had worked a lot better than the “force my authority upon you” approach which another guy tried after I had completed my course at the Bible School. Like Jesus said; to be a servant and not “lord it over them.” =^D

  • I agree with Kyle – humility will really help you get a following. When people see that you’re not only looking our for yourself, but for others, they will be more inclined to trust you with such a big job.

  • I haven’t read all of the comments, but I think setting a good example is extremely important. Being humble, not gossiping, and being fair, are all things that most people today don’t do, but are all very important. It’s hard too, because in a lot of schools no talk of God is allowed, but I think you glorify God just as much with your actions as you do when you teach, or talk about God to other people. You being obedient shows that you are willing to sacrifice your comfort to follow Jesus, and nothing points to God more than an obedient follower.

  • Respect whoever is running against you and don’t bash them or whatever they’re campaigning for. Be the person you would want to vote for in an election.

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