Zach Wamp and Weston Wamp on Believers Have a Responsibility to Protect Integrity in Government

Do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly. These principles bind all believers. 

These are good principles for politics, too, with urgent implications as we consider how to protect the integrity of our political process as the coronavirus pandemic continues to alter most aspects of American life. And such values are not the exclusive property of any one denomination, ideology or political party. They speak to and unify all of us.

In the coming months, we have a responsibility to transcend the partisan tropes about voting to figure out how we can ensure every American, regardless of age or strength of immune system, has the ability to vote in the election in November. The peaceful transition of power is fundamental to our American experiment in self-government. It has survived a Civil War, two World Wars and the Great Depression. Now our grandest tradition must be protected in the face of a virus that has changed most aspects of American life.

We have different perspectives as a millennial and a baby-boomer, but we share the same mission as Believers who have been active in national politics for three decades. One of us served eight terms in the U.S. Congress, teaching Sunday school every weekend in Tennessee and devoutly attending weekly bipartisan prayer gatherings in Washington while in office. The other grew up around politics, watching Democrats and Republicans break bread together regularly in DC — helping them find common ground and work together on issues. But that’s changing rapidly, and we’re all the worse for it.

Healing is a central part of the faith tradition we grew up in. And we believe that the mission of the church gives us a special responsibility to heal our politics and bring our nation together. And our opportunity is now, because the foundation of our democracy has been badly shaken by ethics scandals, access buying in Washington, and the corrosive influence of wealthy special interests.

In recent years, the amount of money spent to influence both our elections and government has skyrocketed. Undoubtedly, this exercise in buying influence has tilted the tables in American politics towards monied interests. It’s a truth acknowledged by the political right, which rallied around the populist promises of Donald Trump to “drain the Swamp” and the political left, energized by Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s passionate attacks on Wall Street greed.

The list of ways that our system has become rigged to favor the wealthy and well-connected goes on and on, and it’s not a Republican or a Democratic problem — both parties are at fault.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Zach Wamp and Weston Wamp

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