Thursday, April 2, 2009

Praying for a Rookie President

Over at Real Clear Politics, Thomas Sowell has an interesting article comparing the costly mistakes that rookie athletes make with the potential for even costlier mistakes that our rookie President has already and may continue to make. Sowell says,
We now have a rookie President of the United States and, in the dangerous world we live in, with terrorist nations going nuclear, just one rookie mistake can bring disaster down on this generation and generations yet to come.
Now, obviously any first term President is in a sense a "rookie." But this is not what concerns Sowell, rather, he is concerned that President Obama does not have any previous executive responsibility in an organization in which he was personally responsible for the outcome of his decisions. Sowell's conclusion is, "We can lose some very big games with this rookie."

Although as a citizen of the city of man, I agree with Sowell's assessment, and am not in agreement with man of the decisions and policies of our current President; however, as I am also a citizen of the city of God, I have been commanded to pray for those in leadership over me,
I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way, (1 Tim 2.1-2).
To me, this is one of truly helpful aspects about the Two Kingdoms perspective--on the one hand I can disagree with our President and stand in opposition to his ideals, and yet on the other I can pray for his success as a govenor without expecting him to change his ideals.

Too many today intertwine their faith with their politics and find themselves confused about how to maintain their faith as pilgrims in a land that that is not their home, while simultaneously wisely maintaining the rights, privilges and responsibilities as citizens in America. This confusion often leads persons who pray for leaders with whom they disagree only to pray that the leaders change their beliefs to agree with them.

If our President is indeed a rookie as Sowell asserts, then we should pray that God provide him the wisdom to govern well, no matter his idealogy, that he not "lose some very big games."

Read Sowell's entire post here.

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