By Scott Ellis
As a reality television fan, this past summer I was excited to watch one of the greatest games ever played: Big Brother. It is a three month power struggle where houseguests compete to stay in the house through competitions and strategy. The goal is to be voted the winner of 500,000 dollars by a jury of seven people whom the contestant had a hand in evicting. This season, my favorite house guest Dan Gheesling conquered the competition. He zigged and zagged his way through the game and manipulated nearly every player in the Big Brother house. However, when it came time to vote the jury was bitter, and several times we heard talk of the morals and integrity of Dan.
As a political science major I find myself making many connections between the game of Big Brother and politics today. Although one is a game centered around a television show with no lasting effect, the other has ramifications that can affect us all; our government officials’ morals are an important topic and should be researched. There have been political scandals throughout history involving love interests, election fraud, and tax evasion. I feel that as people of faith it is our duty to pray for those we have elected, no matter what party. We should pray that the habits our officials form in their lives are ones of integrity, and that their decisions don’t compromise themselves, their families, or us as a nation. The book of Luke contains a verse that is very applicable to the lives of politicians: “One who is faithful in very little is also faithful in much; and he who is dishonest in very little is also dishonest in much.” Luke 16:10