The above statement is found in Proverbs 11:3. Even though God’s word makes it plain that we all need a savior, there is much in Scripture to commend our potential when we walk with the Lord and allow ourselves to be led by him.
As we enter yet another election season, it is important that we know as much as we can about those whom we will elect to serve in leadership. The character of our leaders is vitally important in every part of our way of life in this country.
I would be doing my congregation a disservice if I did not tell them that one of our own church members at Crestview is running for sheriff of Williamson County. He is Randy Elliston. Randy and his wife Karen have been members of Crestview for several years. Long before he felt led of the Lord to be considered as a candidate for sheriff, I sat down over lunch with Randy and learned of his faith in Christ and his love of the church. Randy trusted the Lord as his Savior at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Waco, Texas. He is connected to one of our bible study groups, and I see Randy and Karen faithfully attending Crestview and know that they have personal friendship with many of our people. Randy grew up in Waco and graduated from Baylor. He has served in the Department of Public Safety and rose to become the Chief of the Texas Highway Patrol.
As a pastor, I am not inclined to endorse candidates for public office, but I do want our church family and many friends in Williamson County to know about Randy Elliston. I will personally vote for him, and have full confidence in his spiritual background as well as his administrative experience in law enforcement. We greatly need men and women of faith to lead us at all levels of American life. It is true that “the integrity of the upright guides them.”