“A HIGHER DUTY:”
It is more than an Impeachment
By: Stacy King-Chaney/Gospel Editor
As the United States of America lives through the challenging time of facing yet again, another Impeachment process of a United States President, we stand facing our own reflection and projection. Each time we are faced with having to conduct Impeachment Hearings, we cannot avoid the mirrored image of the Republic for which we stand. We cannot avoid the outward projection of the character of the Republic for which we stand. The reflective image of the Republic reveals the imperfections, scars, blemishes and the aging of a nation that has lived a life of slavery; civil war; emancipation; “Jim Crow; segregation; integration; wars; recessions; depressions; economic development; “baby booms;” civil rights movement; Woodstock; 80’s glitz; 90’s ritz; a new millennium; 911; mass shootings; black lives matter; #metoo, and so much more. Yet, we still stand. We reflect a Republic that has flaws and in need of a lift, a tuck and a reduction. How do we lift? How do we tuck? How do we reduce? We uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. It is our duty, as a Republic, to uphold the Constitution for the sake of that, which we stand.
As we stand in our own shadow and view our own reflection, we cannot ignore what we project to the world around us. What do we project? By our willingness to uphold the Constitution, understanding that it was framed by our Founding Fathers, who declared, “In God We Trust,” we project to the world that we trust God. We trust God to lead us in the paths of righteousness for His name sake. We trust God to lead us to do that which is just. For those, who would challenge that we profess and project our trust in God, take a moment to view all that we have been through and yet, we still stand. It was our trusting that the “few good men,” who were flawed were able to construct a Constitution that would stand the test of time, and these men trusted God. It is evident each time that we seek justice and love mercy. It is evident every day that we live out the grace given us. It is evident because justice, mercy and grace are of God and bestowed upon men and women, who dare to trust in God. It is that trust that is at stake, as we live out as “one nation, under God, indivisible and justice for all.” Therefore, as we proceed with Impeachment Hearings, we must realize that it is more than about an impeachment of a President. It is about the calling of “a higher duty.”
It is the responsibility of those elected officials, witnesses and “whistle blowers,” to answer the call of “a higher duty,” to speak “truth to power.” It is their responsibility to live and lead with integrity for the people because, we are a nation by the people. We have a Constitution designed to build a Republic of law abiding citizens that hold fast to their freedom and not compromise it for loyalty over law. Loyalty over law jeopardizes our Republic and our trust in God. Therefore, as we move forward with the Impeachment Hearings of the President of the United States of America, let us be mindful that we are more than a nation of law and order or a people called to “a higher duty.” We are a nation of people, who have declared, “ In God we trust.”