Those Who Choose To Serve

“In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate –look to his character.” –Noah Webster (1789)

It is interesting to me that in 1789 we become instructed on what to look for in a candidate for office at any level of government. We must be thorough, selecting and electing individuals of principle, virtue, wisdom and a moral compass; for city, county, state and national offices won through the honest election process. People need not be perfect; they must, however, have the heart of a pure servant and the humility and willingness to receive instructions from Heaven.

We must retain those men and women who naturally lend themselves to constitutional, moral and upright behavior. Whose hearts and voices reach in mighty prayer to God for assistance in their daily duties to this country, particularly the district, region, city or county office with which they have been temporarily entrusted.

Speaking about the privilege of voting and its moral implications, one of our founding fathers, Noah Webster, said this in “Noah Webster, History of The United States, 1832″:

“When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, “just men who rule in the fear [love] of God.”

“The preservation of our government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty; if the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will not be made for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizen will be violated and disregarded.”

Electing good, upright men to office in this great land is a holy and moral responsibility. That means that we, the people, must do our due diligence. Then, after due consideration, vote responsibly for the person or people who are most principled and wise. Those who commit to continually educate themselves on the issues and use their ongoing constitutional education as a guide for their decisions, shall have success in the office unto which they are elected or appointed.

As we come closer to this presidential election, I would ask that we remember our time to vote as a sacred, yet expected responsibility. Our rights come from God, not some institution of our government. To whom much is given, much is expected.

The federal government was created purposefully; through the people, with structurally limited capacities and purposes, for the benefit and blessing of our country.  It must be reduced to those restricted boundaries once again for its service to remain honest and effective for the nation.  

“In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate –look to his character.” –Noah Webster (1789)

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