In American politics and government, the best interests of the nation should be priority one. However, only the naïve ignore the political agendas all around us.
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Did the Founding Fathers (all landowning White males) think 2009 America would be this diverse or that a Black guy would be in the Executive Mansion without a mop in his hand? Some southerners think public policy should directly reflect the Bible while others push issues that benefit their businesses, professions or careers.
Robert E. Lee’s pre-Civil War dilemma fascinates me. The son of a former Virginia governor and the husband of Martha Washington’s great granddaughter, Lee turned down Lincoln’s offer of a senior command to fight for Virginia and the Confederacy; he loved his state deeply. At my Black college, the history and pol sci majors would “trip” over Lee being the epitome of the southern gentleman while fighting for a “jacked up” cause while Grant was a drunk fighting for the right cause. As a side note, many non-southern Whites did not support the expansion of slavery because slaves provided free labor in jobs White immigrants wanted.
At times, Atlanta has produces liberal members of Congress who put national causes and movements before Georgia. Residents of Georgia’s cities don’t realize that agriculture/ food processing is the economic backbone of the rural regions so we bump heads on the farm agenda.
In Sunday School back in the day, we were taught, “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and wealth.” Luke 16:13
The parable in Luke 16 seems to speak of political parties, unions, lobbyists and interest groups. I am not calling them Pharisees because that group seemed to be preoccupied with the letter of the law.
What about Romans 13: 1-2: “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.”
Personally, I am a Georgian, Methodist, African American, moderate Democrat, and southerner. But, my sub-agendas must be reconciled with the best interests of the United States of America. So help me God.
The parable of the unjust steward