You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do. (Henry Ford, early car manufacturer)

That’s a good reminder for this election year. Candidates are renowned for making big promises. If you don’t know the person who’s making the claim, you may have to do some study to discover their past record. Others have served the public for years and their careers are well known. As we evaluate, we should try to determine if their reputation confirms their rhetoric.

Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold… A good reputation is more valuable than costly perfume. (Proverbs 22:1; Ecclesiastes 7:1)