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.