God, and the President(s)

Note (to myself) and you are who “listening” in:  Don’t talk about politics while you are getting your hair cut and expect a good haircut!    Lesson learned this morning.


During the week of May 20 I noticed a short story published on my internet page.  The header read:  “Bush to return to the White House for portrait Event.”  It caught my interest because George W. Bush has deliberately, yet in a gentlemanly way, avoided words about President Obama.  In fact, Bush has been politically silent.

Mr. Bush is a gentleman from the South and knows his manners.  He acknowledges his roots and respects his parents who are now in their 80’s.  During or shortly after his term as Texas Governor, he wrote an autobiography called, A Charge to Keep.  I happened upon it at the public library in the audio book section.  So I “read” it with interest while on a road trip.

Bush candidly admits to his failures with alcohol addiction and rowdy ways.  Then he turns a corner and tells of how he came to know Christ as his Savior.  It is a remarkable story and I urge you to read it.  As in so many of our past President’s lives, Billy Graham plays a part in Bush’s salvation decision.

After reading that book, I began to pay attention more to Bush’s character and attitudes.  He used mountain biking and running as a healthy substitute for imbibing.  I noticed at the second inauguration dinner that he had water in his glass rather than wine.  He was unapologetic about being a teetotaler.   Others reported having seen and known that Bush often knelt in prayer in the Oval Office.

In spite of his leadership and quiet reverence in relationship to God, the last two years of his Presidency seemed in shambles and so much blame has been put on his shoulders.  Now I have read Decision Points which he wrote since leaving the Presidency.  He takes responsibility for the decisions he made as President in that book.  He admits when they were not the best decision.  He also takes credit for things that did go right.  It is a book worth reading.

Like me, Bush also knew that God has things under control at all times.  I’m thankful that his desire was to follow God’s wisdom.  Many of our Congress people meet weekly for Bible study.  Those studies are made possible through Capitol Hill Ministries, a privately run and funded group.  If you have a Christian congressperson, how about letting him or her know you are pray as they make decisions on our behalf.  What a breath of fresh air that would be to them.

“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”  Proverbs 29:2

Let’s be careful not to blame everything on the President.  We have two other branches of government to accuse, and ourselves as voters.



  1. kaygibson

    Makes one wonder just how many other presidents have taken responsibility for their decisions…in the past few office holders, I’d say not many!!! Thanks for the reminder to not only pray for the one we have, but for those who are yet to come.

  2. I need to read those books. I didn’t always agree with W, but he always behaved in a gentlemanly manner. He’s taken such a lambasting from the Left in the last several years, it’s amazing to me that he still appears in public! He had to work with a Congress that wasn’t exactly in his pocket. Tough job.

    • The first book I mentioned comes from the painting in his office that was given to him when he was Governor of Texas, and then he put it in the White House office also. In Decision Points it is fair to say that Bush addresses many things that were successful and the fact that he did achieve bipartisan issues. I like the way you, like me, balance your reading with nonfiction, but some fiction as well. I admire your ability to incorporate history into your writing.

  3. Glenda

    I really can’t add anything to what you’ve said, or the other two ladies who have already commented. God’s Word commands us to pray for those who are in authority over us. That is not a negotiable point, we MUST pray that God would guide the decisions that affect each of us, whether we “like” the person making those decisions or not. In fact, if we DON’T like them, we should pray even harder! Thank you for this timely reminder!

    • I gave only one sentnece to praying for the President so that must have been on your mind more than mine. The gentleman who is in charge of Capitol Hill Ministries is really solid. He publishes his lesson outlines each week. It is encouraging to me to know that such Bible studies are available and that they are attended by more than what one may think. Communicating with your representatives and senators is important and so easy via e mail. My representatives, except for one local representative on the state level, reply. The President, however, never even sends an auto reply. That is, our present President.

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