twocent politics…

OK, first things first, I am not a political know-it-all. Also, I just finished listening to 4 hours of lectures on ecclesiology and it is almost midnight… So, take my two cents as just that…

Anyway, I read an article in Time the other day that got me thinking. The article was about the freshman senator, Barack Obama, and his rise to fame amongst the political landscape. While his political career is still quite young, many are pegging him to be the first black president. He has already said that he does not intend to run in 08, but many speculate that anything after that is open game.

The thing that struck me about the article was the sense of “game” that was about Obama and politicians in general. Everything they do (I know not everything) is a calculated move to position one’s self for a better, more powerful position. My problem with that is I want “public servants” to have me, their constituent, as their motive… See, it seems to me that the government is designed to serve the people… Police and armed forces are formed to provide the citizens protection, education systems are designed to help educate and empower the people, courts are established to help govern the people… all these are, to a degree, the byproducts of the government. So, my problem becomes that when issues are brought before congress or the senate and my representative, or any representative, factors into his decision how his vote will impact his next election, or even an election in 10 years… not only that but how his or her vote will rest with his party members… that bothers me.

Actually, I don’t mind too much that those thoughts figure into the equation, just how much is the real issue. I believe that our representatives should always be asking themselves, “regardless of what this means for me, what does this mean for the people I sit here representing.” If that is not the lions share of the equation then I am greatly saddened and disappointed.

So, the question remains, can a person can make a career out of politics and keep the focus on the people. I wonder how many politicians are in anguish about the votes they make because they have waded through the out-working of how their vote effects people like me and you. I would say, saddly, they may be in anguish, but more likely it because of how their votes will effect themselves and not you.

1 Peter 5:2-3 says, “Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.” oh that God would raise up politicians that fit that bill…

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