Representative Democracy – You Are Who You Vote For
Today I read a headline that read “Ex Con Elected into Office”. As a Pastor, I believe that God, through Jesus Christ, gives us all second chances in life (thank the Lord for His grace!). So when I see someone get a second chance I tend to cheer…but not in this case.
In Bridgeport, CT there were seven candidates to choose from on the ballot. Joe Ganim received an amazing 54% of the vote. The second place candidate received 29%. The voters in Bridgeport in effect said they wanted a convicted felon (imprisoned for corruption) to represent them. Here is what makes the story completely morally tragic; Joe Ganim was sent to prison for 16 corruption charges that happened while, get this!, he was Mayor of Bridgeport from 1991 to 2003!! Yes, Mr Ganim went to prison for seven years for actions taken while he was previously the mayor of Bridgeport! And now he is now back into the same office he abused.
The Associated Press credited his campaign as being “fueled by a wave of good will from many who fondly remembered his years in office, from 1991 until 2003, when he was convicted of 16 corruption charges. His supporters credit his leadership for a time of lower taxes, safer neighborhoods and cleaner parks.” How shallow and self-centered we have become. This character defect caused these 54% of Bridgeport voters to believe a convict will best represent their interests. Do I really need to highlight the morality concerns here?
How far our nation has fallen since George Washington stated, “Of all the dispositions and habits that lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports…” The morality support in America, as a whole, is extremely damaged. In some areas, it has completely collapsed.
However, there is another thought to consider. America is a Representative Democracy. This does not just mean our elected officials represent our needs and interests but they represent WHO we are. Again, those who hold office are representative of who we are. The 54% of the voters who selected Mr Ganim have, whether of not they believe it, have made a direct statement as to WHO they are. The Mayor is representative of the morality of those who elected him into office. When we look across the political landscape of the nation, we shouldn’t be surprised at what is happening…the behavior and actions we see from our politicians are simply representative of the behavior and actions we see in our daily lives.
CALL TO CHRISTIAN ACTION:
– Make sure your moral foundations are secure in the Biblical foundations of the Bible and the actions and words of Jesus Christ.
– Remember, who you vote for makes a statement about who you are.
– Vote for those who will best represent God and His eternal moral principles (understanding that no one will be perfect but pray they at least try to be).
– Encourage those who represent Biblical morality get involved and run for office.
– Advocate for morality in our leaders.
– Pray, pray, and pray!