I’m Running for Public Office

I’ve been interested in politics and public service since I was a teenager.  I’ve often been dissatisfied with the way government works (and in many cases doesn’t work) and considered running for office. About a week ago I decided it was time to stop just talking about government and to do something about it by running for a seat in my local government.

So, with that in mind, yesterday I filed papers to run for alderman (what we call our city council members) for my local ward (district) in Starkville. While I list eight priorities on my campaign website at MikeAllen.com, in short, I want to see Starkville become the kind of community our children will want to make as their home when they grow up and establish their careers.  That means we have a lot of work to do. I’m excited about the prospect of being part of the solution and I look forward to the campaign and public service.

A Look at God & Government

Today I completed a two-week study at my church entitled “A Look at God & Government: Biblical Underpinnings of American Political Authority.” In this study, we looked at a variety of things including the following:

  • Why government is needed
  • Why God established government
  • Biblical responsibilities of government
  • Foundations and defining features of our American government
  • Christian responsibilities to government
  • Civil disobedience
  • Voting

I have included my presentation slides below in the following formats: