“It’s not personal. It’s business,” goes the quote from The Godfather. This week it should probably be, “It’s not personal. It’s politics.” But integrity, honesty, trustworthiness and dependability are personal traits that we desire in elected officials.

Aren’t they?

When we elect someone who will lie, misrepresent the truth, fabricate and circulate malicious rumors while campaigning, what do we have? An official who will lie, misrepresent the truth, fabricate and circulate malicious rumors while in office.

That’s their character.

I don’t know many of our newly elected officials personally. Researching past performance as much as possible, I did the best I could to determine the right choice for each office before voting. Now we wait and see.

It would have been nice to have more of a breather, but it looks like campaigning only took a day or so off. The election of 2012 is already the focus of many news sites. That means we have mere months to see whether we have chosen the right men and women for the jobs.

While we watch, we also need to pray for them to be able to stand up to the many stresses of their new work. Pick someone and keep their name on your refrigerator or in your Bible, and remember them along with your personal prayer requests on a regular basis.

Tip O’Neill once said “All politics is local.” To me, all politics should be personal.

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