Being President of the United States must have good points. Loads of people want the job and presidents almost always run for re-election. Still, you can’t help wondering if President Bush doesn’t look at his Crawford, Texas ranch with some real longing. The pressure must be enormous. During the Summer, the usually conservative Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, said:
When George Bush started blathering about “sometimes the decisions you make and the consequences don’t enable you to be loved,” we had to question his mental stability.
Editorial writers have a job. They give opinions on issues. If they think the President should pull the troops out of Iraq by a certain time, well, that’s their opinion and they should make a good case for it. Hopefully, they’ll do it in a responsible way.
However, questioning someone’s mental stability isn’t a political opinion. It’s a medical one. How can it ever be a responsible decision for a group of laymen to publish their medical opinions? The only reason they give for this bizarre bit of medical punditry is that they don’t like what he’s saying.
This is the kind of thing the President’s facing, in this case from a newspaper that would normally be an ally.
Keith Ellison, the Minnesota Democrat famous as America’s first Muslim congressman, has compared President Bush to Adolf Hitler. The Congressman hints that the President was behind the September 11th attacks. I wonder how the editorial/medical board at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review would diagnose that.
Add to this level of vitriol the ever-present threat of real terrorism — and the pressure must be enormous.
Retired Vice Admiral John Scott Redd, head of the government’s National Counterterrorism Center, said recently that in the war on terror, “We will probably lose a battle or two along the way. We have to prepare for that. Statistically, you can’t bat 1.000 forever, but we haven’t been hit for six years, [which is] no accident.”
You can’t bat a thousand forever,” but if you’re President, it’s your job. The terrorists of September 2001 were not particularly inventive, nor well-funded, but in a single morning, they changed the whole world. The United States must keep on batting a thousand or there will be more world changing mornings. Imagine the pressure when one failure can be cataclysmic, not only for your own country, but for civilization itself.
2 Timothy 2:2 admonishes us to pray for “all that are in authority that we may live quiet and peaceable lives in all godliness.” It doesn’t say, “Pray for your leaders only when you’re feeling good about them,” or “when your party’s in office.” It just says pray for them.
The Bible also teaches that we are in a battle — not a physical one, but spiritual. We win spiritual battles on our knees before God.
So why aren’t we praying more?
Batting a Thousand
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