“Hail to the Chief”

j0309649The trumpets flourish.  All rise.  Soldiers snap to attention.  Reporters and photographers vie for prime vantage points.  The music begins, and the President steps into view.

Did you know there are actually words to go with that familiar tune which seems to escort the President wherever he goes?  Here they are:

Hail to the Chief we have chosen for the nation,
Hail to the Chief! We salute him, one and all.
Hail to the Chief, as we pledge cooperation
In proud fulfillment of a great, noble call.
Yours is the aim to make this grand country grander,
This you will do, that’s our strong, firm belief.
Hail to the one we selected as commander,
Hail to the President! Hail to the Chief!~Albert Gamse

Yes, the majority of voters chose him.  I did not, and I do not share all of his aspirations; but regardless of my level of agreement with Obama’s current policies (some of which took an abrupt about-face from the Bush administration’s at 12:01 pm yesterday–thanks for the link, Bro. Jim), I must biblically show him the respect due to one in his position, and I am also biblically obligated to pray for his salvation.

It seems so impossible if I base my hopes only upon what I know.  But then…thirty years ago, how “likely” would the possibility of my own conversion have been viewed?  I looked upon those who were “saved” as being weak.  I openly mocked the gospel.  One winter evening, a few months prior to my conversion, I wrote (with bitter sarcasm and disdain), “Have you accepted Christ as your personal Savior?” in the snow, on the lawn of our public high school.  In hindsight, I pray He used my wrath to praise Him, and that perhaps some seeker was inspired by that ironic and rebellious scrawl.

Our God has not changed.  He is still the Doer of great and mighty acts.  There is no one whom He cannot save.  In the words of my wonderful and ever faith-full husband:

If our President would rise to his rhetoric, he would even find himself leaning in a biblical direction. This of course could even cause him to learn of true salvation. What a glorious thing it would be to see, a man convicted by words he spoke because they sounded good, then truly becoming good by the cleansing power of Christ.”

Amen.

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2 thoughts on ““Hail to the Chief”

  1. From my side of the pond, over here in England, we cannot understand why a Politicians religious beliefs are a predicate for public office, rather than the substance of his policies.

    Everyone is agnostic. No one can prove or disprove the existence of a God. For me, it’s probability. The probability of a God who watches over us, is very very low. It’s all down to history and culture. If you were born in 32BC Rome, you’d be convinced Apollo was a God. If you were born in India 1900, you’d be Hindu.

    Nor do I believe the story of Jesus, given how much of it is taken from Pagan belief and the story of Mithras.

    I despise the amount of people who have something good happen in their lives, and claim it to be the work of “God”. Why would God bless you and I, yet condemn thousands of others to death by extreme poverty. If it’s all part of a grand plan, it’s a God I want nothing to do with.

    I will never succumb to Christian beliefs, because I find them intolerant, condemning of anyone who happens to be different (i.e – homosexuals) and full of segregation and hatred. Certainly as far away from ‘love’ as possible.

    I love reading American Christian blogs, they get me thinking, and I feel obliged to comment.

  2. Dear Friend,

    I, too, feel “obliged to comment”. 🙂 I base my belief on the Bible, the Word of God. Regarding its veracity, please click on the “Why You Can Trust the Bible ” link. The Bible says that death, extreme poverty etc. were indeed not God’s “plan”. He had something entirely marvelous in mind for the man and woman He had created. They chose rebellion, and with that choice, they forfeited the paradise intended for them. This sin has tainted all who have followed after, and its effects are far-reaching. Please follow the “How to Trust Christ” link in my side bar for more on this.

    I do not believe “everyone is agnostic” (obviously); but I do believe everyone is “religious”…everyone holds to some set of beliefs, worships something…even if it is only self. Further, a Christian who holds office will have his policies “predicated” by his beliefs. That is why I pray for a Christian man in office. A truly converted individual is not just affected by scripture on Sundays at church; but rather through every thing, every day. God’s presence ought to affect all in the Christian’s life. Is this always so? No. People fail. Sometimes miserably. But it is dangerous business to point one’s finger at the inconsistencies of another, when that “hypocrite” will not be accompanying them at the judgment. We’ll all give account of ourselves, not anyone else.

    I view the Bible as trustworthy. I cannot convince you of that…only God can. It is not my job, and I will not argue with you. I can only testify what it has revealed and allow it to perform the task of dividing between soul and spirit with scalpel-like precision…as only it can.

    I am sorry if you despise me and others like me for giving glory to God for His good gifts. That does not change my belief and understanding that “every good and perfect gift” comes from His hand. Difficult things also come from His hand; but in those, I know I can trust Him to keep me and to use hard circumstances to lovingly teach me, as a father.

    I do not condemn “anyone who happens to be different”. I have close friends of diverse ethnic backgrounds. In my past, I had friends who were homosexual, bi sexual, though I was not. I loved them then, and if I saw one of them today, I would still love them. What I don’t love is this: Because of a choice to follow his “sexual preference,” one of those friends contracted AIDS. He is gone from this earth. I attended his memorial service. I hate the effects of sin. I hate what it does to people, chiefly to bring destruction and ruin, pain and suffering in this life, and eternal separation from God in the next.

    You may despise me further for saying that I view you as a seeker. I once said, “I will never…” God broke my will, and wooed my heart to Himself. Perhaps my reply is not intellectual enough for your satisfaction. I will not debate, but will point you to the only One who is truth. And no man can come to the Father, but by Him (John 14:6).

    I am sorry that it has been your experience to come in contact with unloving believers. I hope you read more Christian blogs…after I submit this reply, I will pray that you are guided to those that will help you come to a fuller knowledge of my great and loving God. Thanks for visiting my blog. ~Diane

    ps I have a friend from your “side of the pond” if you wish to speak with someone personally. Not sure how close by they might be; but if you are ever interested, I can put you in touch.

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