There is a multitude of causes for which to show support – or to fight against. It is apparent in the number of special interest groups that lobby for their causes. Is there an issue that you feel passionately about? One that can motivate you to take action?
Our elected officials have a seemingly endless list of issues that they will be facing. Do you agree that we have a do-nothing Congress? Do you think it’s possible for an ‘outsider’ to go to Washington or to a statehouse and make positive changes? Or do you believe that all politicians lack genuine integrity and are only out for themselves? If you do, you are not alone. I, however, am one who refuses to believe that.
Washington is not lacking opportunistic politicians, but I think the numbers are far less than what one might think. Some do indeed seek office in order to gain power. Others do so with the best intentions, only to get there and find themselves becoming part of the crowd.
Before we pass judgement too quickly, perhaps we should take a look at the many concerns that will undoubtedly reach the floors of the House and Senate. We have to understand that sometimes compromise is good. There are other times when it is better to stand firm even if it means nothing gets accomplished.The dictionary describes integrity as ‘moral soundness.’ This is the reason why integrity matters.
The following is an overview of issues that have either remained in the forefront, or have developed into hot-button issues:
- Job production
- Deficit reduction
- Environmental Issues
- Energy Independence
- Environmental protection
- Animal rights
- National Security
- Terrorism threats
- Border control
- Domestic violence
- Gun control
- Obamacare – reform, repeal, or go forward
- Reproductive ‘rights’
- Drug legalization
- Aging America
- Social Security solvency
- Family Issues
- Religious liberty
- Elder care
With all the difficult issues facing America we need men and women who possess ‘moral soundness’ to choose to be civil servants. They will soon find, however, that it is impossible to please everyone. We need to let them hear us and we need to hold them accountable. We should always do so respectfully so that the ‘good’ ones won’t be reluctant to participate. Of utmost importance is that we pray for them as they make decisions that affect our nation.
So what is the issue that gets your blood pumping? One final question… when was the last time you contacted your elected official to let him or her hear your concerns?
If we simply expect that our government will be ineffective, or power-hungry, or corrupt, we will get what we expect. We must partner with them in order to help them reach a higher bar.
15 Hate evil and love what is good; turn your courts into true halls of justice. Amos 5:15
…and our turn government into true government of the people, by the people and for the people.