Taking the Country Back

Let me now... warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party.

George Washington in his Farewell Address

The word "baneful" is defined as destructive and poisonous. There may be no better description of politics in America in the 21st century. It seems our politicians have forgotten who they serve. Their actions seem to indicate that they prefer division and ruin of the nation, to the possibility of losing power. The thing we need to remember is that it has not always been that way, nor does this poisonous path to destruction have to continue.

There was a time when honor, character and courage were the hallmarks of this nation's servants. Now it seems that the letter behind the politicians name is more important to voters  than virtue. So our once great nation is going the way of other once great nations: To the brink of financial and moral bankruptcy.

At the time of this writing we have a government mired in the scandals of cover-ups, deceit of its own people and lying that can only be described as pathological. If that were not bad enough, they are now spying on us as if it were we who could not be trusted. Ironic, isn't it? 

But this does not have to be. Imagine what our nation would be like if we no longer voted for those with a track record of lies and deceit. Imagine what it would be like if we refused to cast our vote for a person who lacked character or honor. Consider what would happen if we made a firm determination to vote only  for the decent, for the honorable, and for the upright in our society.

Ridiculous? Naive? Try righteous! The fact is that if we continue to do what we have always done, if we continue to place loyalty to party over the standards of our Lord, then we will continue to have scoundrels making our laws and telling us what to do.

America is in trouble. We have become so overrun with the baneful spirit of party that we cannot trust our chosen leaders to do the right thing or even tell the truth. We wouldn't accept such conduct from from anyone else but a politician and it's time to stop accepting it from them. We have one party that cannot seem to tell the truth and another party that appears too afraid to do anything about it. It now falls to us to right what is wrong with our nation - if we are to leave a nation to our children that is worth living in. To do so we will have to return to God. It begins with prayer, but actions will have to follow prayer, for God will not help those who are too wicked or lazy to help themselves.

It is time to take our country back! 

The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks what is just. The law of his God is in his heart; his feet do not slip. The wicked lie in wait for the righteous, seeking their very lives; but the Lord will not leave them in power.

Psalms 37:30-33, NIV