A Gallup poll shows Americans consider a mere 47% clergy as being honest, while car salesman hold only 9% but still rate better than politicians at 8%. These are scary numbers! Apparently people mistrust salesmen because it is believed they know more about the vehicle they are trying to sell, than they share. The consumer is completely aware the car salesman is focusing on commission as much as he is considering their needs. Still, most consumers will at least converse with the sales representative because he knows he, as a consumer, can do independent searches for CarFax or Consumer reports, Auto Check or other online services which will help answer any remaining questions.
Clergy find their honesty ratings faltering because people are choosing to only believe that which they see, and also only what they consider, they control. If they cannot see what happens in the afterlife then carnal minds reject the idea of heaven or hell. The written word of God is the Bible and is believed by faith. In a world where God is being driven out of schools, our government, off our money and nearly anything which isn’t intrinsically religious, the quality of the promises declared by clergy, which are found in the Bible, by those questioning eternal life and other promises in His Word, is being compromised.
Politics seems to be in a class by itself. Even though our politicians are elected based on their platform of what they believe and what they are going to do to enhance our world while in office, politicians often have personal agendas which overrides everything else. They use their influence and “those they know” to push through objectives which will enhance their own world, even if it is regarded as a total breakdown of community and economic well being.
We have a system in place to keep in check those who would choose to be dishonest through bribes, bias, corruption, lying, broken promises, cheating and all kinds of methods which degrade the office. Yet it still happens. And what is sad, these same people are voted into office again and again. When candidates run for office, it becomes a choice of the “lesser of two evils!”
Politicians recognize ambiguity and compromise override decency and universal truths. They are in a position where vagueness is acceptable because many people don’t understand all the particulars in their 64+ page document they are getting ready to sign off on. They also know their constituents completely expect compromise on matters, since rarely do two people have the same opinion on a subject, especially when geographical boundaries come in to play.
So a politician, car salesman and clergy have common ground. The politician like the car salesman almost always knows more than he’s sharing, and is looking for his “commission!” The politician often has a hidden agenda which is not shared with his constituents; and unlike the independent searches consumers can do before purchasing a car, his constituents leave the ultimate decision in his hands hoping he’ll make the right decision, yet knowing if he doesn’t, there is very little which can be done about it.
The politician, like the clergy, work in an area where evidences of what “is” cannot always be seen in the immediate future. Regardless of what matter is being voted on, there is usually an ongoing extended time frame before anything can be realized. Even after a matter is accepted, there is still the bureaucracy paperwork to allocate funds, bidding on who is going to get what job, and other particulars which would delay processes.
I suggest we need to rethink our moral standards and expectations of politicians. It begins with our young people. We need to teach them what is good and right, and how to hold onto those universal truths which are being discarded. We need to remember this country was founded on faith in God, honesty and a clarity of mind which was for the good of all people not just a chosen few.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2013/12/17/the-honesty-of-clergy-car-salesmen-and-politicians Dec. 2013