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
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.