Choosing the Right People to Govern
Woe to you, land, when your king is a household servant, and your princes feast in the morning. Blessed are you, land, when your king is a son of nobles and your princes feast at the proper time—for strength and not for drunkenness. Because of laziness the roof caves in, and because of negligent hands the house leaks. A feast is prepared for laughter and wine makes life happy, and money is the answer for everything. Do not curse the king even in your thoughts, and do not curse a rich person even in your bedroom, for a bird of the sky may carry the message, and a winged creature may report the matter. Eccl 10:16-20 (HCSB)
Without a doubt, the average person relates best with others who are most like them, but is that a good thing when selecting leaders to govern over us? Do we want the best qualified, or do we prefer to be able to relate to our leaders?
If you need some form of life-saving surgery, do you prefer a surgeon chosen out of your pool of friends, those most like you, or would you seek the most qualified physician?
Governors and Presidents are not meant to be our best friends, but the best-suited person to keep us secure and maintain stability for our life.
The Social Contract theory of man (research Socrates, Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu) says that society is willing to give up certain personal natural liberties to protect primary overriding interests of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of property” (ergo, happiness in the Jeffersonian translation). In our willingness to submit to an approved government to govern over us, we also recognize that the best government is the one that governs the least, safeguarding our liberties the best. That balance requires competence, and yes, the vast majority of people in society lack the necessary experience and training to govern efficiently and effectively – nor are our circle of friends or family. Therefore, choose candidates for positions in government not because we like them the most or can relate to them best. The question we should ask ourselves is will we be more secure with this person(s) governing over us if elected to serve the best interests of our society?
As we look ahead to a future of hope and prosperity, we should remind ourselves: In America, the government is allowed to govern solely by the consent of the governed – that is the constitutional principle of popular sovereignty. Before we stomp our feet like petulant, spoiled brats and bad mouth those duly elected into office, let’s remember, whether we supported that person, they have been authorized by the Constitution (contract of the governed) to govern over them. Any bad mouthing serves only to discredit the will of the society which lawfully acted to identify new leaders to govern over them.
“We the people” have the final say – but before you throw a hissy fit over the outcome of the next election, remember our Social Contract based Constitution says “We the people” are sovereign in America’s society, not “me the people.”
From God’s perspective, he alone holds the right to exercise his divine sovereignty, but he chooses to do so through the hearts and minds of the people in our Nation. I pray the voice of the people will express God’s will, ways, and wisdom as they seek God’s guidance and approval for the selection of all future servant-leaders to serve the people.
For those who still feel the roof is caving in, and the breaches in the walls are crumbling all around us, and all hope feels lost, you can only blame yourselves for desiring your will, not God’s will.
Words of Wisdom #252-36EC