I was intrigued to find the back of my Crunchy Granola Raisin Bran box delving into the foundation of the US government. You’d think this sort of thing would come out around July. But then I realized this box of cereal might just be that old. Well, it tasted good to me.
What caught my eye was this one line:
“This is called a system of checks and balances and it guarantees that our government always represents the people and never the government itself.”
As a Conservative, I really had to stop and ask myself, is this really true of our current administration, and of those over the last two decades? Are they truly representing the people, or are they representing the special interest groups and lobbyists that, in affect, feed their own hunger for power? I’ll let you comment on that can of worms at your leisure.
But on a deeper note, is this concept true of my life? And of yours? Are your representing yourself for your own self’s sake? Or are you representing those you are called to serve? As a spouse and a parent, are you selflessly promoting, covering, shaping, and laying down your own life for that of your spouse and your children? As an employee, are you out for your own well being, or do you actually have the company’s best interests in mind as a representative of them? As a church leader, are you really dedicated to advancing the Kingdom, even if your church name–or your personal name–isn’t ever remembered?
It strikes me that the very issue our founding fathers sought to protect the people from is the very same issue that tempts the core of every individual. Are your representing those you are responsible to? Or are your own interests what everyone else sees?
Heavy questions for a Monday. I know. But a good “check” to see if you’re “balanced” at the top of your work week. ch: