I am listening to the State of the Union address. While I watch our President I recall just how much I love him.

Romans Chapter 13 speaks of submission to authority. The entire chapter is very convicting to me. I really didn't love Bill Clinton. I thought he was a nasty snake of a car sales man. He proved to be that and worse but what if Christians had really loved him? Would he have been different? Could the shown love of all American Christians have touched his heart? Maybe he would not of had sexual relations with Monica Lewinski or maybe he would have turned his life around afterwards because Christians had been so Jesus like to him. No way to know. but I know I did not pray for him like I should have. I did not pray for his soul like I should have and I feel convicted of that when I read Romans 13.

After all the talk of submission to authority and honor for leaders in Chapter 13 Paul tells us..

Romans 13:8-Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. 9-the commandments, "Do not commit adultery," "Do not murder," "Do not steal," "Do not covet," and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: "Love your neighbor as yourself."10-love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

I know many who once loved George Bush, now do not. I actually thought he was cocky and prideful when he was first elected president. But even then I felt he was a great man who would do great things. After 911 I felt even more so that he was put in the oval office at such a time as this. I saw his face soften and the heartbreak on his face. I felt he became a much greater, more Godly leader. I felt very strongly that the war in Iraq was absolutely the way to go. I still believe that. I know it's not popular but it "is" we are there and we have to complete our mission. My gut feeling is that since we now live in an age of the drive through, instant messages and instant gratification all the way around, we now have no tolerance for time, patience or fortitude. Yes, this war is hard and painful and lives have been lost but that is the cost of freedom.

We are to impatient with our help. We were all for ousting Sadam, getting rid of the dictator that was a constant thorn in our flesh and threat, thumbing his nose to us always, but now, when the Iraqi people need us most to stabilize that region, we want out. Our love and generosity only goes as far as our attention span I see.

We must pray and love our president, no matter who it is or if we agree with him. I love George W. Bush more then any other president in my life span but I have not prayed for him nearly enough, what about you?


Ron said…
Well said, Carole. Patience is a virtue that this country is seriously lacking. The Iraq war is a good example. It takes time for a country to make a transition from a dictatorship to a democracy.
The President must now rely on the Iraqi people and their leadership to take ownership of their country or his legacy will be considered a failure. He was perceived as a hero after 9/11. It would be a shame to see him leave office with this war hanging over his head. He definately needs our prayers.

Notice that he has stopped saying "God Bless America" after his last couple of speeches???
Ron said…
My bad...I was just told that Bush did end his speech with God Bless America.

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