Originally published January 4, 2009
To our Elected Representatives:
Election to a Congressional or State Legislative seat is a wonderful and exciting opportunity, but it brings with it heavy responsibility. With the pressures today’s seat holders carry, it would seem much easier to submit to that pressure and vote with the crowd. Please remember the people who elected you and why they elected you. They trust you. Please don’t betray that trust for the sake of expedience. I realize that you really don’t have the time to read every bill, but please make every effort to know what you are voting for and to consider all the different aspects. As you know, there are many bills that appear innocent on the surface but could have special interest agendas inside.
The proper care of all your constituents is an extremely heavy responsibility and one that I admit I am grateful I don’t have to carry. Please take this responsibility with all seriousness. It’s all too easy when under stress to give up, give in and just let something slide. It seems easier at the moment, but in fact, won’t be in the long run.
The following is a tough, hard-nosed message for all of us to remember this Congressional and State legislative session, and in particular those legislators who understand Scripture – Isaiah 10:2-4.
“Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless.
What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches? Nothing will remain but to cringe …”
Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised.”