Dear Editor:

So, we all pledge to our flag, stating that we are one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.

Hmmm, “under God.”

So, what does God expect of our leaders? I looked at the “Good Book,” the Bible that is, for answers and this is what I learned (II Chronicles, Chapter One, Verses 9-12).

King Solomon asked God: “… You have made me King over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth. Give me wisdom and knowledge that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

God’s answer to Solomon: “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, riches or honor, nor for the death of your enemies and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people … therefore, wisdom and knowledge will be given to you.”

And then, the missionary Paul said this in speaking to the Philippians (Chapter 2, verses 3-4): “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vane conceit, but in humility, consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests but also the interests of others.”

We Americans, both rich and poor, are filled with goodness, but we feel helpless when leaders lack the above. I will consider these things as I vote for members of Congress as well as president.

Patty Tillerson

This story was posted on September 26, 2012.