Why moms would make good politi­cians

Record Observer - - Religion -

In think­ing of Mother’s Day, I could not help but think about the mess our coun­try is in right now. Not that messes re­mind me of moth­ers in par­tic­u­lar, but hon­esty com­pels me to ad­mit they are good at clean­ing up messes. More­over, the messes they cleanup are not their do­ing, which is what makes it so ter­rific.

Some­body needs to clean up the mess we are in.

Any­body who steps out­side their house knows that the coun­try is in a ter­ri­ble mess these days. It would be im­pos­si­ble to blame one po­lit­i­cal party over an­other. In this area, every­body is equal. The truth is, politi­cians make messes. Fur­ther­more, they leave these messes for other peo­ple to clean up. Many politi­cians have dirty mouths and minds, but none has dirty hands from clean­ing up messes.

There are two kinds of politi­cians in our coun­try. Those who make messes and those who al­low those messes to be made. Wouldn’t it be nice to find a politi­cian who ac­tu­ally would clean up a mess?

Our coun­try is in the soup, and not the kind of soup your mother used to make. Politi­cians make soup out of cir­cum­stances that no­body can stom­ach while moth­ers have a mar­velous way of mak­ing soup out of al­most any­thing, and it tastes heav­enly, plus it is good for you.

Not too long ago some politi­cians were in an up­roar and quite ner­vous over the swine flu sit­u­a­tion. And there was good rea­son. With all the pork in Wash­ing­ton these days, they should be afraid they might catch what­ever is go­ing around. Maybe, and I know I’m a lit­tle sadis­tic here, it might be good for a cou­ple of them (okay, all of them) to come down with some kind of flu and send them to their beds for at least a month. Maybe a high fever might clear up their think­ing. Plus, our coun­try could use a va­ca­tion from politi­cians. We could put them all in quar­an­tine un­til the dan­ger is over. (I’ll let them know when it is over. Hon­est.)

But get­ting back to my sub­ject, I be­lieve moth­ers would make won­der­ful politi­cians. There are sev­eral rea­sons why I think so. Moth­ers, gen­er­ally speak­ing, know how to ask ques­tions.

“Have you washed be­hind your ears?” “What time are you com­ing back?” “Do you have clean un­der­wear?” “If all your friends jumped off a bridge would you?”

It is one thing to ask a ques­tion, but it is an­other thing al­to­gether to ask the right ques­tion. I firmly be­lieve ask­ing ques­tions is a highly re­fined art. Politi­cians, for ex­am­ple, ask ques­tions they think peo­ple are ask­ing. Be­fore they query any au­di­ence, they take 197 polls to make sure they have the right ques­tion so they are not em­bar­rassed.

Moth­ers, on the other hand, ask ques­tions to em­bar­rass you and put you back on the straight and nar­row.

Politi­cians rarely ex­pect an­swers to their ques­tions. They are all rhetor­i­cal. They ask ques­tions in such a way that no­body in their right mind could ever an­swer it. Quite frankly, if they ever got an an­swer to a ques­tion they would be so shocked they would not know what to do about it.

Moth­ers ex­pect an an­swer to their ques­tions im­me­di­ately ... with­out de­lay.

Their uni­ver­sal an­swer to ev­ery­thing is, “Be­cause I’m your mother!”

Ques­tion a politi­cian, you get the runaround. Ques­tion your mother and she will chase you around. It would be more ben­e­fi­cial to be chased around by your mother than to have some politi­cian give you the runaround.

An­other rea­son moth­ers would make good politi­cians is that they never stop un­til the work is fin­ished. Every­body has heard the old say­ing, “A man works from sun up to sun down, but a woman’s work is never done.” At the end of the day, ev­ery mother has some­thing to show for her work.

It would be ben­e­fi­cial for our coun­try if ev­ery politi­cian were ap­pren­ticed to a mother with four or five kids. Let him fol­low her around for a week, if he can last a week, and he will get some idea of what work­ing is all about.

Let some politi­cian clean up af­ter four or five kids for a week and ex­pe­ri­ence real work. Per­haps, if he has to clean up messes of other peo­ple’s mak­ing he might think twice be­fore he makes a mess him­self. The only work a politi­cian re­ally does, is work­ing his mouth, which rarely ac­com­plishes any­thing use­ful.

By her very na­ture, a mother is al­ways think­ing about oth­ers. Rarely does she take any time for her own per­sonal pur­suits. Other peo­ple come be­fore her in­ter­est and com­fort. Wouldn’t that be a won­der­ful trait in some politi­cian? In­stead of al­ways think­ing about the next elec­tion and what can get him re­elected, he be­gins to think about other peo­ple and their needs.

In­stead of putting his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer ahead of ev­ery­thing else, he would sac­ri­fice him­self to ben­e­fit other peo­ple, to help clean up the messes around him.

Although it may seem like a good idea, we can­not af­ford to send moth­ers to Wash­ing­ton and ne­glect the im­por­tant work she has at home. Ne­hemiah said it so well, “I am do­ing a great work, so that I can­not come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?” (Ne­hemiah 6:3).

God knew ex­actly what he was do­ing when he put to­gether a mar­velous crea­ture we now know as Mother.

The Rev. James L. Sny­der is pas­tor of the Fam­ily of God Fel­low­ship, in Sil­ver Springs Shores. Call him at 352-6874240 or email jamess­ny­der2@att.net. The church web­site is www.whatafel low­ship.com.

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