WAYT: Have politicians forgotten they’re supposed to be servants?

Jul 10, 2024 at 07:00 am by Arthur-RB

A couple of things resonated with me last week that I thought were worthy of sharing.

First was a House Joint Resolution, passing with overwhelming support in the Tennessee legislature.

“A resolution to seek God’s hand of mercy healing on Tennessee,” was signed into law by Governor Bill Lee on April 16. Its authors, State Senator Mark Pody and Representative Monty Fritts, note, “This document embodies a bipartisan recognition that the issues we are facing cannot be effectively addressed without the intervention and favor of our Lord.”

The measure recognizes the month of July as a time of prayer and fasting for any and all people “physically able and spiritually inclined” to join.

Many of the “whereas” paragraphs are true not only of Tennessee, but also of North Carolina and the United States and include things like violence, including violent crime in schools, human trafficking, drug addiction, drunk driving, children in need of foster care and corruption in government.

The resolution resembles one put forward by Founder John Adams on April 15, 1799, “[This day] be observed throughout the United States of America as a day of solemn humiliation, fasting and prayer; that the citizens on that day abstain, as far as may be, from their secular occupation, and devote the time to the sacred duties of religion in public and in private; that they call to mind our numerous offenses against the most high God, confess them before Him with the sincerest penitence, implore His pardoning mercy… and that through the grace of His Holy Spirit, we may be disposed and enabled to yield a more suitable obedience to His righteous requisitions in time to come …”

I have little hope that North Carolina legislators would pass a similar resolution, but we — as an individual or as a community — don’t have to wait for them.

Prayer works, of course, but I think we’re also called to actively participate in making our world, or community, a better place.

So, consider Tennessee’s path and maybe this can become a movement in North Carolina and throughout the nation.

The second thing comes from a television commercial by Governor Candidate Mark Robinson. I won’t go into a lot of detail, but towards the end he says, “this drives me to serve.”

The spirit of that message is of a servant’s heart, something much too rare in this day and time. And, politicians don’t talk like this any more, nor do they talk like John Adams wrote.

Perhaps politicians have forgotten what being a public official is supposed to be about — serving your constituents, your community, your state and your nation.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we had only people with servant’s hearts on the ballot this fall?

OK, I won’t hold my breath; especially considering the ballot is basically already filled out.


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