The holidays can be difficult for those who have experienced a tragedy this year. My heart goes out to those who are facing an empty seat at the table. Whether its a death, incarceration or broken home, there's nothing like everyone else being happy to remind us of how empty we feel.
When I was in the Missouri State Legislature, I noticed many bills were written as public policy responses to personal tragedies. Something bad would happen and people would say, "There ought to be a law against that." Next thing you know, they file bills to satisfy one unique situation and it further erodes freedom. We often don't find out about the unintended consequences until it's too late. Once a law is passed, it is very difficult to repeal.
Government is limited in what it can do to mitigate and prevent personal loss. It's remarkable and sad when those who consider themselves to be conservatives quickly jump on a "big government band-wagon" just because of one personal calamity. There is only so much government can do!
On our show this week I interviewed a mother who's son is in prison for life without the possibility of parole. Although her story is sad, my guest, Carol Kent, transmits a confidence that God can use even the worst circumstances for good. She wrote a devotional book, He Holds My Hand, as she was going through her personal pain. God is in control of everything and can be there for us no matter what happens.
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A LITTLE BIT OF HUMOR
Politics has become a dirty business. We have all heard plenty of news stories of elected officials involved in scandals, adultery and illegal behavior sending them to prison. There is an old line, “What’s a nice girl like you doing in a place like this?” With all the political nastiness, many wonder why a decent person would enter such a vicious arena. The reason is simple. I love my country, I love my family and I care enough about both to commit my life to preserving that for which our founding fathers lived and died.
Our loyalty must lie with the principles that made our nation strong. We must stand for the Constitution, limited government, and personal responsibility. Many office holders have let us down because they forgot to put those ideals ahead of their own political self-interest. People become disillusioned because they see people run on one set of values only to morph into different people once they become mired in the slime of big money and beholden to the lobbyists. We owe it to our country to change those people. We all have a role to play in our own spheres of influence. Stay with me and you will see that at least one person is capable of putting principles over politics. Together, let’s improve the state we’re in!