Rep. Elijah Cummings

CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY OCTOBER 18, 2019

         THE DEATH OF LONG-TIME CONGRESSMAN ELIJAH CUMMINGS IS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY FOR THOSE WHO PUT SO MUCH FAITH IN POLITICS TO CONSIDER WHAT REALLY MATTERS.

         CUMMINGS HEADED ONE OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEES INVESTIGATING PRESIDENT TRUMP. THE PRESIDENT HAD CRITICIZED CUMMINGS FOR WASTING FEDERAL DOLLARS SENT TO HIS DISTRICT TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF THE POOR. IT WAS A LEGITIMATE CRITICISM, BUT THIS ISN’T ABOUT THAT.

         I AM CONSTANTLY REMINDED OF WHAT JESUS SAID: “WHAT SHALL IT PROFIT A MAN IF HE GAINS THE WHOLE WORLD, BUT LOSES HIS OWN SOUL?” THERE IS A PURPOSE FOR GOVERNMENT. IT IS INSTITUTED OF GOD FOR THE GOOD OF PEOPLE. BUT IF OUR FAITH IS MORE IN POLITICIANS, RATHER THAN SEEKING THE WILL OF GOD FOR INDIVIDUALS AND NATIONS, IT BECOMES A FORM OF IDOLATRY, LITTLE DIFFERENT FROM THOSE FALSE GODS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT.

         CUMMINGS WAS A CLASSIC LIBERAL. HIS POLICIES DID NOT IMPROVE THE LOT OF HIS CONSTITUENTS. GOVERNMENT CAN’T FORCE PEOPLE TO MAKE DECISIONS IN THEIR BEST INTERESTS – LIKE STAYING IN SCHOOL, NOT HAVING BABIES OUT OF WEDLOCK AND STAYING AWAY FROM DRUGS.

         ONE HOPES CUMMINGS WAS A BELIEVER, WHICH IS ALL THAT MATTERS IN THE END. I’M CAL THOMAS.