Watching the political maneuvering over the budget, I keep having the same thought. When so many of us live beyond our means, why wouldn’t government officials think they are free to do the same? Only as the consequences of our behavior loom large do we stop to consider that maybe we shouldn’t borrow so much. I have read some statistics that suggest we may be waking up as individuals, but the message certainly isn’t getting to our leaders, Democrats and too many Republicans.
We elected this mess! We have the best form of government in existence today, but that is not to say it cannot fall victim to the weakness of all governments. That is the people. Elected governments are particularly telling of the state of the people, since the people choose them. We got what we asked for. In 2008 the democrats rode in on a wave of discontent and sentiment, and that wave has become a tsunami. Some of us thought he Republicans might save us, but they stole the boats and left us to frown!
As we fight to keep above water, we may finally make some better choices than we have in the past, but how long will that last? As long as we keep making those choices based on the whim or circumstance of the moment, more often they will be bad ones. Our problems are not primarily political. They come from the heart. We will not make better political choices until we start making better personal choices, and we will not be able to make the best personal choices until we submit to Yahweh and ask Him to help us make them. This is my prayer for our country. In a nation with an elected government, the governed must lead the way. We have largely abdicated that responsibility in favor of comfort, handouts and false security.