“Here’s the church, here’s the steeple; Open the doors and see…. no Secret Service people.” President Obama has delayed choosing a house of worship, claiming that it is partly out of consideration for others in local D.C. congregations. Read about it here.
The article claims that Reagan opted out of Sunday worship services for much the same reason (though he had services held at the White House). What do you think of this idea? Does this fall under the heading of forsaking to assemble with others, as professing believers are admonished to do in Hebrews 10:25? Is this just a cop-out on the part of the President, or a carefully calculated political strategy?
Roosevelt once said, “I can do almost everything in the `Goldfish Bowl’ of the president’s life, but I’ll be hanged if I can say my prayers in it.” Lincoln reportedly sat in the pastor’s study during services so as not to cause a stir. What would you do?
To be sure, never before in history has the choice of a home church been more “political.”