Ours is a government established of, by and for the people. Since its inception, however, the federal government has grown increasingly complex, opaque and removed from the very people it was created to serve. In some cases, the voice of the people has been obscured by political savvy and demagoguery.
We are moved by names and faces, rather than by our founding ideals and fundamental principles. In other cases, the people themselves are so preoccupied with the business of survival that they are simply too exhausted to participate in the public square.
John Adams famously said that “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
In other words, we have a duty to be good. Our nation is in trouble not so much because we are overtly evil, but because too many of us are not overtly good.
The duty to be good extends beyond our own individual behavior to our families, communities and yes, even to our government. It demands our prayer and our participation.
It may be difficult to imagine that we can engage the Halls of Congress or impact an administration, but we can! It is possible to leverage the good we are already doing in our families and our ministries to change our nation.