“Nevertheless, the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel, and they said, “No, but there shall be a king over us,” 1 Samuel 8:19 (NASV)
By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.
The Bible refers to Saul as the people’s choice because the people demanded a king. They wanted God to give them a powerful king who would lead their army. God did not approve. However, God gave them the kind of king that they wanted. Saul had all the qualities that they desired for their king.
Yes, even though we voted for the ones whom we felt would be the better candidates, we have a responsibility to the ones we didn’t vote for as well. We are accountable to make sure that our non-choices have the concerns and needs for ALL of the citizens in his/her authority.
It is now too late to have a pity party re what should have been or what might have happened if I would have…
The governance of our respective communities is in our hands to hold firm to the diligence of true government for the people and by the people.
To those who may have come up short of understanding the principles of governing for ALL, which means to include those who are without the necessities and may have not been considered “worthy”, they did not vote for them, should be given the same rights and privileges of those who did.
You are in no position to discount, overlook, and neglect or play favors and cow down to those who in most cases voted for you out of blurred, tinted and selfish reasons.
I would like to believe that we, as ethical voters, were capable of turning away from our self-centered desires to place the quality of life of those who are kneeling at the precipice of despair before our own wishes.
But, are we capable of doing what’s right and yet do we find ourselves lazily sleeping at the wheel of life while we allow others to lead us when we know they bought our votes with false promises, fake identity, personality masquerading and, in many instances, with cold cash?
Was there a moment at the polls for those who professed to be for inclusion and “down with the Party,” but, once the ballot was in hand, they choked, and could not vote for the Party ticket?
Our elected leaders and jurist personalities, you have an obligation to ALL of us: to uphold your position to the best of your God-given abilities aside from any self-made flaw caused by greed, egotistical motives, ill-gotten financial gains or any outside influence or inward prejudice that would cause hurt, harm or danger to those you represent and not just for those who voted for you.
There is no space in the condition of this country, the State of Florida in the County of Broward for injustices to be done, just because you have been elected and you are in a position to do it.
Citizens will, until the end of time, react in a favorable manner, even in greater measure than that which is delivered to them when they are included not excluded, or so we thought, until the leaders twisted the minds of weak citizens who would believe anything that put them in good standing with sick and perverse leadership.
The ordinary want for revenge should be replaced with an act intended to change an adversary into a companion. Once you free yourself of Prejudice Riddled In Deceit and Erroneous (PRIDE), you can take action to address unfairness with a positive demeanor focusing on an encouraging outcome.
Citizens, we must do our part and “Speak truth to power”, even if it’s to the ones we voted for that need to be checked.
Politics does not have to be an everlasting volley of who messed over whom, a tit for tat, or you throw dirt on me, I will throw mud on you. Wrong is wrong and there are no two ways about it.
As Napoleon Hill said, “The hottest coals of fire ever heaped upon the head of one who has wronged you are the coals of human kindness.”
“Dear God, in the name of Jesus, I pray for all of us, Your children, to extend to those we come in contact with the kind of love You showered on us when we did not deserve it. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
…BUT THE GREATEST OF THESE IS LOVE