People perceive politicians to be playing a game in pursuit of political advantage rather than work earnestly to solve the issues of the day. The corrosive consequence of the game of politics is that everything that a politician says, or does, is treated with suspicion because of our negative assumptions about why it is being said or done.
Minimising the game-playing and aspiring to do politics in a more grown-up way would be good for politicians as well as for us, writes Tony Wright.
There are two main sources of dissatisfaction that seem to emerge from findings like these. The first is that politicians are perceived as being engaged in a kind of game, the rules of which enable:
1. questions not to be answered,
2. truths not to be told, 3. facts to be distorted, 4. complexities ignored 5. opponents traduced, all in pursuit of political advantage.
The second is that politicians are perceived as living in a closed political world, without experience or knowledge of real life.
Much of politics is a game, one which absorbs the participants, but puts off most other people. In the world of evil politics bad news for a government is always good news for an opposition. But we do forget that whether bad or good news it is the citizenry we seek to rule that suffers the consequences.
This is the corrosive consequence of the game of politics. Everything that a politician says, or does, is treated with suspicion because of negative assumptions about why it is being said or done.
The seasoned Award Winning Gospel Musician and the Leader of Holy Spirit Music Ministry, Prophet Peter Konor (Hon.) said “Politics is not a game but stewardship”
Stewardship in this context is the activity or job of protecting and being responsible for all the resources of a state.
Stewardship is far more than the handling of money. Stewardship is the handling of life, and time, and destiny of a state.
Money does indeed do many things. Using our money as good stewards is certainly one of the severest tests of our citizenship in his kingdom.
However, stewardship extends beyond giving money.
Looking at leadership through the lens of stewardship, authority over people and accountability before God is the key to understanding what it means to lead from a perceived God fearing nation like Ghana.
The essence of stewardship implies a two-party proposition. One person owns the resources and the other person is entrusted with the resources. The political steward is accountable to his master for how resources are invested. Ghana is a country in which all the religions acknowledge the existence of the Supreme God, that God is the Master of and owns all things and that he distributes gifts and resources at his discretion. By this belief, Politicians are perceived as stewards accountable to him for all that they do with all that are given them. Political Stewardship is a privilege to serve the Supreme God himself through his people. Serving the Creator through the creature.
If we are responsible to God as our Master, then learning his desires is one of the steward’s chief responsibilities. Making decisions that honor him as good stewarship demands – knowing his likes, dislikes, vision, and values.
According to Prophet Peter Konor (Hon.) the Assembly Member for Nyamekrom Electoral Area in the New Juaben South Municipality in the Eastern Region of Ghana, politics should be viewed as a channel of helping the needy, widows, aged, orphans etc and not an avenue to amass wealth for ones selfish interest. If in the political space there is accountability then I would like to say that the highest accountability is coming very soon, ACCOUNTING TO GOD.
Everything rises and fall on leadership. The consequences of life can be traced to good or bad stewardship.
Think deep about this Mr. Politician:
Mr. Politician how can you account for people perishing and losing their lives because of:
1. greediness on your part to divert public funds funds meant for improving the lives of your own people?
2. doing a shady work for your own people for more profits?
3. hoarding money to use when your party is out of power etc?
4. your bad or selfish decision?
5. seeking your personal interest above National Interest.
6. using your position to cheat and to take what belongs to the poor, needy, widows, orphans etc?
As a steward, one day you will be called to give an account on every pesewa entrusted in your care and with your secret agenda in perspective, can you give a proper account of your own life? The day you will be naked before God, our Master, in judgement, that is when you will understand that politics was only a privilege you had to serve the Supreme God through his people.
Is politics a game?
If it is really a game why do people kill for power?
If it is a game why do you feel the way you feel when you’re in power or opposition?
Anything in this world that can land one in eternity cannot be classified as a game.
Start doing it right, correct your perception, serve the people for the Supreme God to serve you. It is a great privilege given you to serve, serve to your maximum capacity.
Politics is not a game but a serious stewardship business with judgment attached to it.