Dear Mr. President…
Hi…I am Wes Toole. I have been with Pillar Church since my family and I moved here with the Army in Mar 05. When Clint asked me to be a guest blogger for the day he also sent a list of suggested topics to choose from. One that quickly caught my eye, I just as soon dismissed. “Who am I to advise a president? What could I say to him that he would not be told by a team of staffers and advisers that circle within his small galaxy on a daily basis?” That being said, if I had the opportunity to sit down and advise President-Elect Barack Obama on any spiritual matter, my side of the conversation might sound something like this…
Mr. President, thank you so much for taking the time to allow me to sit down with you. Yes sir…what I need to speak with you about is in fact a matter of national security… Do you read the Bible?
Yes sir, I heard all about the whole Rev Wright thing…(shaking my head). You’re right, that should never be said from the pulpit. But how comfortable are you with the Old Testament?
Me neither. My friend Tim loves digging into the book of Judges and memorizing the laws of Leviticus. I know…that is impressive!
Well, I’m glad you asked. Have you ever read through the books of 1&2 Samuel and 1&2 Kings? See, the Old Testament as well as the New Testament are filled with stories of kings who rise to power and also fall from great heights. Nowhere else in the Word do we see such clear depictions of this as in 1&2 Samuel and 1&2 Kings. Throughout the history of Israel we see God anoint those to power whom He chooses. God often sends a prophet to these men and announces to them that God has chosen them as ruler. No sir…there were no “elections” per se. However, God anointed them as ruler and also removed them from power when they lost sight of God’s will and became blinded by their own power, avarice and greed.
Why am I telling you this? Well, quite simply…you were not chosen to be President of the United States by the “people”. Yes sir…I know…you won the popular and electoral votes hands-down. But there is still one constituency that it more powerful than either of those. You were chosen by God himself to this position of authority. In Pauls’s letter to the Romans we read, “For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” (Romans 13:1). You see sir, your power and prestige is not yours, it is simply on loan from God and it is His to use as He pleases. He has placed you in trust of this great nation and it is your responsibility to fulfill His will. Remember when we were talking about the kings in the Old Testament? Even the mightiest of these were humbled when they began to loose sight of who they actually worked for.
So how are you supposed to lead? Well, the good news is you have a perfect example of how to lead and it is also in the Word. Instead of looking at Saul, David or Solomon, let’s look at the King of Kings! Jesus Christ came to us not as an earthly king (little’ k’ mind you), but as a humble servant. Jesus had a heart for the poor, the weak, the lame, the ill, the helpless, the needy, the worst of sinners, the lowest of lows. That is who Jesus spent time with, that’s who he ate with, that’s who he chose to place above himself.
(Looking at the door as it opens behind us and his personal scheduler taps his watch)
Yes sir, thank you, I know my time is up. But allow me to say one last thing. During the next four years you are going to face seemingly insurmountable decisions. You will be responsible for a failing economy, two wars, and an increasingly dangerous world. But when you are faced with these realities, do the American people a favor. Take at least a few minutes every day to give up. Yes sir…I said give up. You can’t solve these problems…but the Lord can. Go to him and confess your dependence on Him and rely on His wisdom and strength. Think it won’t work? Look what the young King David did with a tiny pebble and a mountain-sized faith.
(Standing up as I head to the door)
One last thing…can I sit at that desk? Just for a second???
(Enter Secret Service)