We are fast-approaching that time of year again. The time when candidates fill our mailboxes and we get bombarded, over the airwaves, with ‘approved messages.’
- Do you dread the upcoming political season and all the mudslinging that is sure to arrive with it?
- Do you believe that one day we will be able to turn on the news and not see yet another story of a new investigation or political scandal?
- Have you lost faith that honor and integrity are possible in the poisonous atmosphere of politics?
- Can a man or woman of true integrity even survive in the world of politics?
America needs leaders who are of honorable character. It is up to us whether we will demand it or not.
Amos 5:15 Hate evil and love what is good; turn your courts into true halls of justice. Perhaps even yet the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies will have mercy on the remnant of his people. (NLT)
Perhaps, but I can’t help but wonder if He should. We have pushed God so far out of our lives that our society has descended to a place where holiness is mocked and evil is glorified. Instead of honesty, humility and servant-leadership, we see greed, deception, and lust for power and status. We see our elected officials and those speaking for them, behaving like spoiled children not willing to give up their position on the team. Regardless of what will benefit team USA.
Cleaning house and kicking them all out, is what some believe to be the solution. But would it really serve the intended purpose? Term limits are another way to keep the lifer’s from settling in. However, constant turnover can be problematic as well? In many cases the experience may be critical to recognizing problems and resolving or preventing them.
We have two major political parties. Each one has a select group of people running the show. An elected official may go to Washington with sincere intentions and a genuine belief that they can change things. Yet many slowly become part of the very problem they went there to solve.
The problem is not an issue of longevity in office. It is an issue of integrity in office. The financial deficit is not the only deficit our country faces. Why would someone volunteer to be thrust into such a cesspool? And if elected, can a person of genuine integrity have the strength and ability to govern a nation that suffers from a severe integrity deficit? It will certainly take a greater power than their own.
Proverbs 2:7 He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. (NLT)
To restore overall integrity in office, we must first restore a desire for it among the citizenry. We must gather as much information about the candidates as possible and elect integrity to public office. Voters must take the privilege of electing their government officials seriously and pray for God to call honorable people to fill this need – and that He equips them for the challenge. Listen… could He be calling you?
1 Joyful are people of integrity,
who follow the instructions of the Lord.
2 Joyful are those who obey his laws
and search for him with all their hearts.
3 They do not compromise with evil,
and they walk only in his paths. (NLT)