Letter to Editor Hattiesburg American 11-29-12

Watching and reading the news, it appears that a number of persons are still disappointed that their candidate did not secure enough votes to clinch the presidency or another elected office.  This happens in every election.   It may now be useful to affirm that we are all citizens of the greatest country in the history of the world, a country, despite all its warts and unresolved issues, that is still what President Lincoln, in the middle of a civil war, called “…the last best hope of earth” (Annual Message to Congress, December 1, 1862).

In chapter 1 of the book of Acts in the Bible, there is an account of an election held by the Apostles after the crucifixion to fill Judas’s place.  The two candidates are Joseph and Matthias.  Peter is in charge of the election, and 120 disciples are the electorate. Matthias is elected, but there is no record of Joseph’s supporters slandering Matthias nor any talk about seceding from the discipleship.   Joseph remained an active worker in the budding Christian church.

This biblical example can be a model for Congress and the President to come together to do what is best for the American people—with the emphasis on what’s right, rather than who’s right.


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