“When Jesus arrived in the villages of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ‘What are people saying about who the Son of Man is?’ ” Matthew 16:13 (The Message Bible)
Today President Obama placed his hand on the same Bible used by Martin Lutheran King, Jr. and took the oath of office. What are you saying about who the President of the United States and other leaders in this nation are? This is my answer:
- Leaders are men or women who put his or her trousers on the same way as I do.
- They have the same needs as I have—to be loved, needed, and to make a difference.
- They are not God—perhaps a god to some.
- No leader will replace Jesus on the cross, because there is only one Savior.
- Just as I am, Leaders are fallible and need to ask and be granted forgiveness.
- Regardless of my political belief, leaders deserve respect—not that I love all the leader, but that I respect the office.
- Leaders need prayers. Every day I include President Obama in my prayers—that he be given a big dose of wisdom to be planted in his mind and heart, so that he will be able to discern what is right for the people. I pray for his safety and for the safety of his family and that he will surround himself with people open to listening and wise in advising.
I believe that even more important than praying for our leaders, we need to pray for peace—beginning in our own mind, heart, and soul, and then onward to our family, neighbors, community…all the way to Washington D.C. and thrust those prayers of peace around the world!
Dear Lord, through your eyes, may we see our leaders for who they are and what they can do for our nation and the world. Amen.