Commitment: A Long Lost Art Form

The simple utterance of the word commitment can send chills down people’s spines but it is for an important reason.

Ask yourself these questions honestly: Why is the divorce rate so high? Why are more men living at home rather than finding their own place? Why do more people in this century believe co-habitating is harmless? Why are millions of unborn babies aborted and millions born out of wedlock? There is a common denominator with all of these – no commitment.

Last week’s display of immaturity from Wisconsin’s state Senate was an example of how America reacts to conflict. On the day of an important vote regarding the balancing of Wisconsin’s monumental debt by eliminating collective bargaining, 14 senators fled to nearby Illinois.

This move prevented police officers and state troopers from retrieving them and left the legislature in a standstill.

What I have a problem with is that elected officials are elected by voters. This is how it works. Politicians go without power unless they are elected into political office.

If they disagree with a majority party’s stance on how to balance a budget, they need to stand by their principles and take whatever fate deals them. If they go against what voters want, they are voted out of office. If they flee the state, then what good came from being elected?

The people of Wisconsin were taken advantage of and have nothing to show for it. Worse yet, unions have no support in the vote if the vote cannot take place.

Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch will have to scramble to balance the state budget within the next few weeks. In addition, children will suffer because their teachers are  protesting rather than teaching. What these state senators did was pathetic.

Matthew 5:33-37 says, “And don’t say anything you don’t mean.” This counsel is embedded deep in our traditions. You only make things worse when you lay down a smoke screen of pious talk, saying, ’I’ll pray for you,’ and never doing it, or saying, ‘God be with you,’ and not meaning it.

You don’t make your words true by embellishing them with religious lace. In making your speech sound more religious, it becomes less true. Just say ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ When you manipulate words to get your own way, you go wrong.

With power comes great responsibility. It is your job, no matter what field of labor you enter, to say what you mean and mean what you say. Commitment is everything, for without it, nothing would exist.

God made a covenant with Abraham several millennia ago. Had it never occurred, Abraham would not have had a scapegoat for his son, Isaac, God would have never led the Israelites out of Egypt, God never would have sent His only son to die for our transgressions and Jesus Christ never would have ascended into heaven and promised to return for our benefit.

If you are serious about finding success and living upright, keep your commitments and honor them with your life.


About Jon Beam

I am a Journalism & Media at CBU and I will be your Food/Culture/CBU Review editor for the year. This is my third year working for The Banner and I couldn't be more excited about covering the various trends and cultural phenomenon that occur on our beautiful campus. Have a blessed day!

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