Even Mr. Smith found it impossible to function honestly in Washington.
Mr. Smith was really Jimmy Stewart, who played the part of a freshman Senator in the 1939 Frank Copra movie, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington.
Stewart won an Oscar for his portrayal of the naive lawmaker who refused to cave to the corrupt political machine of his day. Mr. Smith had a conscience. He would not compromise his principles or his ethics or his values. He was an honest politician.
Today, “honest politician” is an oxymoron. Like “political correctness” or “government efficiency“.
Christian radio refeatured a news story recently about a survey taken among women. Don’t remember the demographic or anything about the survey except the results. The survey asked woman who they trusted most. According to the story the women surveyed trusted their doctor the most. The doctor was followed by family, then friends as the ones women in the survey trusted most. At the bottom of the list, the ones women in the survey trusted least — politicians.
Who can you trust today? I’ve been thinking lately about folks who don’t know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Who do they depend on in a crisis? Who do they turn to for help, for comfort, for support? Who would walk beside them, to “be there” for them in their hour of need? Who would they go to when they really needed a trustworthy friend or just a non-judgmental listening ear?
Certainly not a politician.
Do you find it ironic that one of the few, if not the only, honest politician was an actor pretending to be honest and trustworthy in a movie?
Thank you, Jesus, that I can always trust you. I know that no matter what, you will always be there for me.
Mr. Smith, we miss you. Will you ever run for reelection?