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As I am writing this letter on Election Day, I do not know the outcome of any of the elections that are taking place across this great land. However, there is one thing that I am absolutely sure of. The political climate and tone in our country has to change if we as a people have any hope of solving the serious problems that face us, not only across the United States but also here in Spencer County.
We all have seen the negative attack ads in our presidential and national elections. We have seen the unwillingness between our two major political parties to come together to solve our problems. Even here in our own community, I have witnessed firsthand unnecessary and cruel dialogue between our elected officials and members of our community. What has happened to common decency and respect for other people? I was brought up to believe that if you can’t say something nice about someone, you are better off saying nothing at all. There seems to be a mindset that if someone else has a different political opinion than you, then they are your enemy and you should do everything in your power to undermine them. Don’t get me wrong, I am not opposed to anyone having strong opinions and convictions. I myself feel very strongly about many issues. A former minister taught me a valuable lesson many years ago. He said, “It is alright to disagree with other people, but you don’t have to be disagreeable about it.” Is it any wonder that with the current political climate and tone that Congress has record low approval ratings. Even here in Taylorsville and Spencer County, I have never seen such division and unrest in our local governmental entities. I for one do not believe that it has to be this way. You may ask, is there anything that we can do to improve this situation or is it hopeless?
I do not believe that it is hopeless. I believe with all of my heart that even with all of our problems that we live in the greatest nation on earth. It is time for us as a people to let our elected officials know that we not only have expectations for improving our nation and community, but it absolutely makes a difference how you go about it. There is no excuse for treating people shamelessly and without respect. That means that we have to take the time and effort to get involved. I challenge you to attend our local city commission and fiscal court meetings. Take the time to get to know our Senators and Congressmen in Washington. Introduce yourself to our State Senator and State Representatives who serve in Frankfort. Get involved in our local community and volunteer to serve on a local board or committee.
But I truly believe that we as a people need to get back to a spirit of prayer. It is written in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “ if my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Friends, our nation needs a healing that can only come from God in heaven. Through humility, prayer and seeking God we as a people can accomplish much.
Regardless of whether your candidate won their election or not, I ask you to join with me in praying for our elected officials on a daily basis. They have a difficult and thankless job. Pray for God’s blessings on our president as he leads our country. Pray for our county judge-executive and city mayor that God will guide them and give them wisdom and discernment in their decisions. Pray for all that serve in Congress, our state legislature and our local city commission and fiscal court members for a spirit of cooperation and working together for the common good.
Thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts and concerns with you.
James Allen Tipton