Living With Politicians

I like them.  I vote for them.  I give them money.  I listen to them give speeches.  Yes, I get frustrated with them.  I get angry.  I even climb the wall over what some say.  Good government rests with those we elect.

Even though the general public ranks politicians next to lepers, and Ponzi scheme operators – we still need them to run our government for the good of all.  Yes, I admit some politicians have screws loose upstairs like people in any profession including my own.  Some politicians get into such preposterous and embarrassing situations; one could not make up these stories.  So do we.

Some people ask God to send politicians to Mars.  My only comment is that’s not being fair to Mars.  I can think of people I want to send there but that’s sheer fantasy escaping responsibility.

The problem we have with politicians is that we hold them too high on a pedestal.  We forget they are frail and fragile like us.  They have their foibles and warts like all of us.  Politicians want to serve the public good and many do.

Often we become frustrated and disappointed with their voting records, and campaign promises so we tune them out. The worst thing we can do is NOT VOTE.

Let’s learn to live with politicians.  This act is being faithful to a public trust in a democracy.  When we elect them we have to hold them accountable in office.  Living in a democracy is messy and tangled up.  It’s not easy.

Here are two pieces of good news.  One: politicians will be with us until the end of time.  Second: even God can’t get rid of them.  Keep on voting.  Keep on giving them money.  Keep on hearing them out.  Keep them accountable.

We need politicians and they need us.

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God.”  Romans 13: 1

-Dan Schmiechen 

This Week's Scriptures:  September 20-26, 2015

September 20 Sunday  Luke 3:7-18
September 21 Monday Matthew 5:21-26
September 22 Tuesday Matthew 5:27-37
September 23     Wednesday      Matthew 5: 38-48        
September 24     Thursday        Matthew 6: 1-6,16-18       
September 25 Friday Matthew 6:7-15
September 26 Saturday Matthew 6:19-24

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