Political Motivations

In my Associate Minister’s sermon a couple of weeks ago, entitled, “Wrestling with the Devil,” Pastor Darneather Heath spoke of the temptation of Jesus in his 40 days in the wilderness.

Read to the end of this story and you will imagine my surprise when this slide popped up on the screen as she talked of the Devil having tempted Jesus with ruling the kingdoms of the world.

Look at those promises:

  • Wealth

  • Prestige

  • Power

Those were three things the Devil was promising Jesus.

Jump back forty years and I was attending a campaign school at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois, while I was McHenry County Treasurer

An old pro from the Republican National Committee named Ray Humphries was talking about political motivations.

It is a talk I have given to numerous potential candidates since then.

His lesson was something like this:

“People say they are running for office to make the world better.

“But, there are three underlying motivations. I call them ‘The Three P’s:’

  • Power,
  • Prestige
  • Pecuniary

They are e-x-a-c-t-l-y the same.

Never thought I would have heard a Biblically-based message in a campaign management school.

At that same school I listened to future federal judge Harlington Wood, Jr., talk about campaign laws. He was certainly a gentle man. He died the end of last year.

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