Monday, April 24, 2006

GoodMen/Good Government

          "Governments, like clocks, go from the
           motion men give them; and as   
           governments are made and moved
           by men, so by them they are ruined too.
           Wherefore governments rather depend
           upon men, than men upon   
           governments.  Let men be good, and  
           the government cannot be bad.
                                                 William Penn
It really is good men and women that make a good
government.  More than you know, it is not only the leaders that must be good, but us, also, in our decisions.
Today (Monday, 4/24/06) down at the Capital in Atlanta there is a flurry of activity.  This is the beginning of qualifying week for the elections in November; and, everyone wants to be first to sign up for the office for which they wish to run.  It's too bad that we, the electorate, are not as excited and in a flurry of activity to find out about who these folks are and for what they stand.
Promise me--oh well, just PLEASE try this:  next Monday (May 1st) go "on-line" to the Secretary of State (or call) and get a list of candidates and the offices for which they are running.  For city and county candidates, you can call the county commission office.  Then start checking the people out.  The candidates will have contact numbers, e-mail addresses and web sights.  See if you can meet them personally.  Talk to others that know them first hand--are they really as good as their literature says? 
NOW-PRAY for wisdom and discernment.
Who, Lord are the ones You have called and equipped with knowledge, understanding and ability to bring forth good for the people?
After having made your informed decisions, give your choices your support-- in time, finances and your vote!  That's called government "of the people, for the people and by the people"
While I write this, I am remembering my meeting last week at the Capital with a dear friend.  She is running for re-election as senator from a mountain district.  This state senator knows good government from bad, is full of honesty and integrity, is hard working and persevering, and she's very kind.  I say:  "Oh Lord, more like her.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

What is GOOD government?
Do we really want GOOD government?
Are we willing to do what it takes to get it?

Well, let's see what eighty-one year old Benjamin Franklin said when representatives were struggling for weeks to write the Constitution of the United States in 1787. He said:
"I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer
I live, the more convincing proofs I see of
this truth: God governs in the affairs of
man. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the
ground without His notice, is it probable that
an empire can rise without His aid? We
have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred
Writings that except the Lord build the
house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly
believe this... I therefore beg leave to move
that, henceforth, prayers imploring the
assistance of Heaven and its blessing on
our deliberation be held on this assembly
every morning."
Our forefathers prayed for wisdom, understanding and help to form the best government. Should we do any less?

Most people might realize that we will be electing a governor, senators, representatives and a whole slew of other officials on November 7th. These winners will be the ones to run the government (good or bad) starting in January, 2007. Some people may even know that we will have a primary in the summer to whittle the number of candidates to one from each party for each office. BUT, if we wait for those times to choose who we wish to represent us at every level of government, we have lost our opportunity to make a difference for Good Government!

Let me explain. Starting Monday,April 24th and running through 12 noon on Friday, April 28th people will be qualifying to run for each office. After the stroke of 12o'clock on Friday, no one else, other than those who qualified, may run for the elections in November.

Good or bad, statesman or crook, those will be the only choices we have. Why don't we do right now what our forefathers did in "imploring the assistance of Heaven and its blessing..." for good in our government?

Lord God, Holy One, build our house of
government for the good of the people,
not only on thecounty level, but the
state and nation as well.
We ask You, Lord to
raise up men and women of integrity,
honesty , and wisdom to hear godly
counsel--those that will do that which is
right in Your sight. Let the upright rise
up to dwell in the government, but let
not the wicked have any place in it.
Lord, give courage and provision to
those that hear Your call, and say,
'Yes, here I am, send me."
So be it, Lord, in Jesus'name.