The 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.”