It should be the highest ambition of every American to extend his views beyond himself, and to bear in mind that his conduct will not only affect himself, his country, and his immediate posterity; but that its influence may be co-extensive with the world, and stamp political happiness or misery on ages yet unborn.
George Washington, letter to the Legislature of Pennsylvania, September 5, 1789
In a video posted today on WTVY, a local news station in Dothan, District 1 City Commissioner James Reading settled his harassment suit. Former City Commissioner Larry Matthews and the current Commissioner hammered out their grievances in the Houston County Courthouse. Matthews filed a compliant against Reading when the current commissioner grabbed the former commissioner’s shirt ripping it. The incident took place during Dothan’s National Night Out Against Crime.
If Reading had been convicted of the misdemeanor charge, of harassment, he’d have faced up to 90 days in jail and a fine up to $500. All he has to do is issue a public apology in court and at the next City Commission meeting. Upon payment of court costs the case will be dismissed. This was according to Houston County’s District attorney Dale Valeska. The case could be re-instated if both parties don’t stay away from each other for a year.
This case is reflective of what is going on in our government today. Politicians are getting off lightly or are not being held accountable for their actions. Our leaders must be above reproach in all they do. The word of God says in Proverbs 16:12: It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness. Without God those in leadership can’t be effective leaders, they need his direction to properly rule our nation. Because men are selfish and most seek after their own gain. Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain (Psalm 119:35 NIV.)
Our leaders must be above disgrace and seek to practice what 1 Peter 2:1 says: Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings. All who love God should live up to these words, but most especially our leaders. Proverbs 4:23 says: Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. It’s safe to say God’s word can be used as a guideline when electing officials. The qualifications for elders could pretty much be the same for our leaders today and they are found in Titus 1:6-9 (NIV):
An elder must be blameless, the husband of but one wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since an overseer is entrusted with God’s work, he must be blameless – not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
Our nation was founded on Godly principles those of which today many have turned their backs on. Is it any wonder we find ourselves in crises unlike our nation has ever seen since it’s inception. It is evident that God was with the founders in establishing our nation and it’s time for us to return to our roots. Ben Franklin’s message provides the fact our founders believed God was in control of us becoming a nation:
“I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth– that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His
Ben Franklin’s message before The Constitutional Convention, 1787 The Constitutional onvention, 1787
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