We are looking at the condition of our community, our role in it,and theposition taken
by many followers of Christ and how their example should be a positive influence on our
lives as believers today.
Part 3 ~ Corruption of Government at all levels
This isn’t a reflection of or on any political party. It’s a charge that can bemade and
supported against an entire governmental systemthat has run amuck. We are a
Constitutionally directed Republic that has been hijacked by the power-hungry elitists
who have found the primary weakness in and with the majority of our elected and
appointed government officials. And, it runs from the top down. From D.C. to the
smallest local municipal precinct.
In 1887, John Acton, (1834-1902) a historian and moralist, is credited with having coined
the phrase: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” What is
the seed for this power? We can simply seek the mind of Christ on this and it is quickly
understood that “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love
the other, or you will be devoted to theone and despise the other. You cannotserve
both God and money.” (Luke 16.13 NIV). Is it any wonder why they don’t come home and
live under the regulations they have created for all of us, while they remain exempt?
An example of this abuse of power is evident in the pre and present political career of an
individual we may all be able to identify. (You can drop-in a name should one come to
mind). From humble beginnings, this individual became: an educator; a local community
election official; a state government official; president of a university; a member of the
U.S. Congress, and a U.S. Senator.
So, why single out this one politician? Because it is an example that pretty well describes
the majority of our elected government officials. Having campaigned on the same
concerns we all seem to share about corrupt government and declaring a commitment
to serve under a self-imposed term limitation, then come home and live under the laws
enacted while in office, this particular politician has not only determined to stay beyond
the self-imposed term limit, but has purchased a$1,000,000 plus parcelof land in the
D.C. area for the intended purpose of building apersonal residence. Where didthis
money come from?
No one gets wealthy off-of or from the government. A good salary with obscene
benefits for sure, but not wealth. Maybe this individual is attracted to an “after-service”
lobbying position and needs a home in the area. Whatever the reason, this individual