Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Taxicab Governor

The Charleston Daily Mail last week published an interesting article regarding West Virginia governor, Bill Marland, who became a taxi driver in Chicago after struggling with alcohol.

Marland became attorney general in 1948 and was elected governor in 1952. He lost bids for the U.S. Senate in 1956 and 58 and dropped out of politics. We next hear of him driving a cab in Chicago in 1965. In his own words Marland admitted that alcohol led to his downfall.

His story reminds me our legislators and elected officials are simply people with the same challenges, struggles, and temptations as any of us only with the added responsibility of leading in our government. It prompts me to pray that our leaders will experience the life-changing power of the gospel. It convinces me anew of the importance of sharing the gospel and teaching the Word with those who are serving in office.

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