Sandra Bryan- Why We Shouldn’t Give Up on Our Politicians or Government Leaders

In middle and high schools my parents were very active in South Carolina and national politics. By 8th grade I was sold, after having met President Bush at an event, and I too wanted to get involved in the political action. Ms Sandra was one of the first people that I met when I got involved with my parents. She was the then president of the Capital City Republican Women’s group, and the first thing I noticed about her is that she believes in people getting involved and voting for their leaders.

But, the part that I admire about her the most is her faith in God and that she strives to be a follower of Christ, to the best of her ability. I enjoy chatting with her about the Lord over a cup of tea when I am at home; listening to what God has brought her through, and how she is growing in her faith. I also admire that she gets involved in South Carolina’s political scene where she is truly making a difference.

I think that if there is one thing for people to learn from Ms Sandra is that no matter our countries- for those of us that live in countries that we can vote for our leaders- we must actively take part in getting up on election day and casting our ballot to try and put in trustworthy candidates that we hope will lead with righteousness, truth, and for the people. We shouldn’t totally give up on our political process, despite corruption and swindling.

Seele Magazine: In a time when so many people don’t have faith in their governments and political leaders, you’re a strong proponent of getting involved in South Carolina and the US’s electoral processes. Why do you still believe in getting involved in politics? What makes you have faith in the candidates that you support?

Sandra Bryan: I continue to stay involved in politics because I believe that the power of my vote can still make a difference. If you don’t vote then you don’t have the right to complain. Being an informed voter is important to making the right choice. My enthusiasm in the process also gets other people involved. I have faith in the candidates I support because as a grassroots activist, I have done research on the candidate and; I sometimes get to see the candidate behind the public eye to see if they do walk their talk.

 Sandra Bryan with U.S. Senator Tim, Scott

Sandra Bryan with U.S. Senator Tim, Scott

Another reason I stay involved in politics is because as a Christian, we should be helping people with our values get elected. Deuteronomy 1:13 (ESV) states, “Choose for your tribes wise, understanding, and experienced men, and I will appoint them as your heads.

SM: What is one thing that any leader, whether governmental, corporate, small business, parochial, or parents need to do their job well?

SB: Trustworthiness.

SM: What would you tell your 15-year-old self?

SB: Learn to love yourself and empower yourself to grow into who you want to be. You are wonderfully made and you are loved. Don’t be afraid to ask those you trust for guidance.

SM: What is one piece of advice that you would give to young women?

SB: Believe in yourself and always be yourself.

SM: What is one piece of advice that you would give to young men?

SB: Believe in yourself and always be yourself.

SM: When you hear the name Jesus, what comes to mind?

SB: God’s Grace!