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Congressman Emanuel Cleaver

Representing the 5th District of MISSOURI

Where is God?

Apr 25, 2016
Civility Message

Dear Friends,

There is absolutely nothing that stunts the momentum of a democracy and hammers the heart and soul of the body politic like political absolutism. It is scary when anyone suggests that they understand and that they are doing God’s will in public office. My certainty is that there is great annoyance in Heaven when we, Members of Congress, view ourselves special agents of God.

The twins, at age nine, were considered the biggest troublemakers of the youth in the church. One Sunday morning, the pastor attended the elementary Sunday school class for the sole purpose of softly explaining to the young wrongdoers that God is watching them because the Divine is literally everywhere.

For some reason, only one of the twins was in the classroom. But the Pastor, nevertheless, asked the little boy, “Son, I hope you know that the Lord is everywhere. So, tell me where is he right now?” The little boy was nervous and too unsettled to utter a word.

“Come on son, think about it. It is not a hard question. “Where is God?” the preacher repeated. The boy sat trembling in his little seat. “Look, I am not going to badger you, just tell me, where is God?”

The little boy jumped from his seat, ran down the hall and then down the stairs to the basement where his twin brother was building a campfire in the middle of the floor. “Put out the fire we’ve got to get out of here. God is missing and the preacher thinks we had something to do with it!”

Look, no political party has God! But, if God is missing from “The Hill,” we very well might have had something to do with it.

Warmest Regards,


Emanuel Cleaver, II
Member of Congress