An evangelical leader and scholar who has been studying presidential leadership for decades has come up with a holiday "wish list" of characteristics he feels the next commander-in-chief should possess.
Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina, says it's of upmost importance that the next person in the Oval Office has a deep and consistent faith and be a person of character.
"I believe that you've got to want to be president for a reason," he says, suggesting such reasons as "you want to serve the country; you think there's something wrong that needs to be fixed; or you believe that God is calling you to serve in that capacity."
He then adds that the person shouldn't aspire to the office "just for the accoutrements of power."
Christians, Land continues, need to think and pray about what they want in a president more than just in terms of presidential policy.
"[For example], what do I want in terms of his character? Because if his character is not sterling and his character is not right and you can't trust him or her, then what they say their policies are really doesn't make much difference because they can change them to suit the political winds."
Land's "wish list" of 12 presidential qualities includes such personal attributes as a deep and consistent faith, a truth-teller, a devoted parent, a patriot, a good listener, and a life-long learner.