I finish the course

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

The Missouri Constitution codifies term limits for its citizen-legislators, following the precedent set by President George Washington, with his eight years in that particular public office. Washington was “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.” He served nobly as a soldier and a statesman, but he always knew how to go back home. Washington alluded to Micah 4:4 nearly 50 times in letters and speeches, which states the following blessing, “But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree, and none shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it.” To Washington, this verse served as a witness to proper, prudent, and limited government, rule of law, private property rights, and freedom, as well as his affectionate name of his beloved home, Mount Vernon. (Dreisbach, Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers; tifwe.org). I suppose he would agree with the adage, “One can take the boy out of the country, but you cannot take the country out of the boy.”

I am grateful to have served these eight years as your public servant to represent you in the hallowed halls of the Missouri House of Representatives. This duty I have not taken lightly, but reverently, soberly, advisedly, in the fear of God and in the tribute to you, my taxpaying employers. I finish the course. I thank you for entrusting me with your authority, and I thank you that this season of service now leads me to win at my house. My wife and I recall the sentiment of the ancient leader Samuel, who stated in his farewell address to his fellow countrymen, “As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you,” (1 Samuel 12:23). May God bless America, Missouri, and the 143rd District, and let us bless God.

“Lord God of Hosts, be with us, lest we forget.”--Inscription found inside the Missouri State Capitol

“We, the people of Missouri, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and grateful for His goodness, do establish this constitution for the better government of the state.”--Preamble to the Missouri Constitution.