12.20.2005 | Praying for the President
Pray for the President. Seriously. If, as he claims, Bush is a man of faith, as I am, he needs our prayers. Many of my faith support the president blindly, as if he were God's representative on Earth and we must follow what he says. I, on the other hand, understand that he is human and is just as capable of making mistakes as we are. Regardless of your political affiliation, even if you believe Bush is a hopeless cause, pray for him. I urge you. His failings and human fallibility only means he needs our prayers just that much more.
I was originally going to launch on a rant about how supporters of the President who claim to have faith can't have true faith since much of what he does (tax breaks for the rich at the expense of the poor, invading countries as the initiator of violence) doesn't match what I believe are the true values of the Christian religion. But then I found this Web site, and I realized: one thing all Christians, and possibly even non-Christians can agree upon this Christmas is that the president needs our prayer.
And right at this moment, what I'm praying to God that Bush understands most are these words from our Constitution, our sacred ruling document that no man claim himself above:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
This isn't just about upholding two centuries of human progress, individual liberties and making sure our government reflects the values of the country we've come to know and love. And it isn't just about Bush's personal political career or legacy, which would greatly be improved if he recognized the error of his ways. It's about Christmas, a time of coming together despite our differences in a spirit of reconiciliation, peace and love. Pray that Bush receives this Christmas message, and Merry Christmas to all. To all a good night.