Day 11 - Corruption in Politics
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” -1 Timothy 2: 1-2
The government sphere of society is massive and far reaching in its influence, as well as being complex in its structure on many levels. Issues pertaining to government corruption can arise anywhere on the spectrum from local to national, even beyond as one considers foreign alliances and affiliates, such as the United Nations.
The clearest pitfall is when the opportunity for power, wealth and influence distracts leaders from their real calling to serve the people who have put them in office and entrusted them with authority.
AREAS TO CONSIDER
There is nothing inherently wrong with lobbying when it is used to provide information and expertise on key issues under consideration by legislative bodies. Problems arise though when political favors, roundabout financial incentives and voters are exchanged for laws favoring a specific agenda.
In spite of strict laws prohibiting political bribery, there have been many cases recently of racketeering, fraud, extortion and money laundering particularly, though not exclusively, among big city mayors (for example: former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin). (1)
- Voter fraud
A Pew Foundation study reports “approximately 24 million one of every eight voter registrations in the United States are no longer valid or are significantly inaccurate. More than 1.8 million deceased individuals are listed as voters. Approximately 2.75 million people have registrations in more than one state”. (2)
Father God, I repent if I have not been aware of corruption in the political system. I also ask that You would forgive me if I have not performed my civic duty of voting for righteous politicians.
Oh Lord, we know that you see everything that happens behind closed doors. We stand in the gap now on behalf of the United States’ government and repent for corruption in our political system. Forgive us for cases where pride, selfishness and greed have been the motivators for evil behavior. We seek Your face today, believing that You will heal our political system and expose any corrupt practices taking place.
- Pray for every hidden thing every deal behind closed doors,
every fraudulent action, every lie spoken to the American public to be
fully exposed. (1 Corinthians 4:5)
- Pray for leaders to be set in place who despise dishonest gain, whose hearts and motives are pure. (Proverbs 16:2)
for wisdom to be released to those who have the power to implement for
more efficient and legitimate voter systems. (Proverbs 3:13)
- As the 2014 midterm elections are approaching and will be held in November, pray for the Church to vote for righteous candidates. (Deuteronomy 1:13)
- The biggest way you can act is to vote! Click here to see a list of USRPN voter guides for the 2014 midterm elections
(one for each state). This will allow you to know who the candidates
are and their beliefs, as well as what steps you need to take to vote.
- Consider running for a political office in your municipality so that you can be a positive, Christ-like influence in your area’s political system.
- Bacon, John. “Ex-New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin sentenced to 10 years.” USA Today. 9 July 2014. Web. 11 August 2014. http://www.usatoday.com/
story/news/nation/2014/07/09/ ray-nagin-new-orleans-mayor- sentencing/12397415/
- “Inaccurate, Costly, and Inefficient: Evidence that America’s
Voter Registration System Needs an Upgrade.” The Pew Charitable Trusts.
14 February 2012. http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/
research-and-analysis/reports/ 2012/02/14/inaccurate-costly- and-inefficient-evidence-that- americas-voter-registration- system-needs-an-upgrade