Mayor for a Day

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#153: “Mayor for a Day”
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Romans 13:1-7

1Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

2Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. 4For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. 6This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing.

7Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

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Mayor for a Day

“Mayor for a Day” is episode #153 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on May 11, 1991.


Curt wins a contest to become the city's most powerful official for 24 hours.



Cunning, conniving, irresponsible Curt Stevens wins a contest and becomes mayor of Odyssey for a day. His administration starts off with a bang. First, he orders his new secretary to have a bat phone installed in his office. He then unleashes a horde of crazy animals on the city and nearly causes the town to go bankrupt. Finally, he signs an order instructing Whit's End to be torn down! His administration is a nightmare, but no one would expect anything less from Curt.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Why did Curt make such a terrible mayor?
  2. What are the characteristics of a good leader?
  3. Read Romans 13:1-7. Why do you think God wants us to obey our leaders?





Curt Stevens: Well, I meant every word I understood.

Curt Stevens: Miss Plumduff, my first official act as mayor will be to expose corruption at every level of our city's government.
Miss Primblush: Really sir?
Curt Stevens: Yes, starting with your nephew. The chain on his bike broke and the baseball card on the back tire fell off. Have him arrested and released immediately.

Curt Stevens: What do you think the city will do now?
Harvey Nelson: Oh, I'll recommend appointing a full independent panel to conduct a full inquiry into the circumstances behind this scandal, which means, of course, by the time the panel comes to any conclusions, no one will care anymore because we'll have assured the people in the meantime that this administration will be rethinking its current policy of land grants, when a more broad-based detail policy can be submitted—which, when it is submitted, will be inconclusive and open to misinterpretation and thus of questionable help to the government.
Curt Stevens: <beat> You're really crackers, aren't you? Straight from the pack, 100% saltine. You make it sound like you've done this before.
Harvey Nelson: Plenty of times. You didn't really think anything changes in government, did you?

Curt Stevens: And finally, as your mayor, I will tighten the belt of our city government around the waist of indifference and reckless bending. So what if I meet up with a few celebrities? Just remember, a penny saved is a penny earned. And the early bird catches the goose that laid the golden egg! Even if it is only one day, I'm gonna make sweeping changes to make our fine city the apple of this country's eye — a silver lining on a dark cloud — a short walk down a long pier.

Harvey Nelson: It seems as though you're trailing behind two other personalities.
Curt Stevens: Who?
Harvey Nelson: Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein.

Curt Stevens: Whose big idea was that?
Miss Primblush: It was all a part of your plan to tighten the belt around the government's waist!
Curt Stevens: I meant everyone else's waist, not mine!

Mr. Brown: I'm Brown, from The Sun!
Curt Stevens: Really? Are you peeling?

Curt Stevens: In order to simulate the economy, facsimile growth and prime the pumps for productivity, the city is going to give geographical incessitives to Acme Amalgamated. So take that, Mayor of Connellsville!

Curt Stevens: Keep an eye on things. If they get violent, throw yourself at their mercy.

John Whittaker: What a brilliant idea, Mr. Mayor!
Curt Stevens: Ah. Only moderately.