Time for principled leadership

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Our great country, the United States, and much of the Western world is at a crossroads in history. At some time in the distant future our descendants will look at this era and judge us worthy or unworthy of our great wealth. They will ask, Did we use this wealth for the betterment of the common good, or did we squander our opportunity to build a great new springtime for all humanity? Did we fight back against the encroaching darkness that has invaded the world or did we plant our heads firmly in the sand and say, “It is really none of my business?” Did we abandon critical thinking and call good evil and/or evil good? These are the choices we are faced with today.

The process of the 2016 American presidential election is a reflection of our failure to hold leaders accountable for their actions, which clearly do not reflect the Judeo-Christian values on which the country was founded. In hushed whispers and loud voices across the country, Americans are complaining about the weakness of our current choices. We must recognize that the candidates represent who we have become as a country. Yes, I said it. Sad to say, I must include myself in that number. We can, however, change the course of history by choosing wise leaders that are willing to place the people they represent first in all their decisions.

Going forward, the question remains: Do we want to continue to be led by a ruling class of politicians who have turned their backs on our founding principles as laid out in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America? Being led by a ruling class was not the original design or intent of our constitutional representative republic.

Now is the time for principled leadership. A principled leader would do what is right, not what is expedient. A principled leader would recognize one truth and not shift “truths” based on their audience or being behind closed doors. A principled leader would not demean or denigrate entire segments of the citizenry they hope to lead, including people of faith. A principled leader would admit their mistakes, make amends and seek to avoid those mistakes in the future.

In the depths of our soul, we recognize strong leadership when we see it and this is why our current choices to lead the country have resulted in a cloud of angst among us. A sign of a strong leader is one who will see the dignity of each person they meet and seek to build them up in character and strength. Great leaders make every effort to draw the best out of people by valuing all lives and the dignity of the work they perform.

Ask yourself honestly the questions I have posed. If we are honest with ourselves, we know that we must first change ourselves so that we may find what we seek: a leader who wishes to serve the common good; a leader who is selfless, willing to seek new answers to big problems and who would unite in goodness our fractured country.

It is clear that for the sake of our children and our children’s children, now is the time for great leadership. For this we must pray so that God guides our souls and actions. May God bless our great country.

Watch carefully then how you live, not as foolish persons but as wise, making the most of the opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not continue in ignorance, but try to understand what is the will of the Lord (Eph 5:15-16).