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    "Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and
    giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority,
    that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.
    For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior."
                                                              —1 Timothy 2:1-3

I've just quoted directly from the Holy Bible, and though I realize not all who read this will
necessarily recognize that Scripture as a final word, I personally can't think of a more
pertinent and timely prescription for the growing sickness that besets us as a people, a
nation.

I'm appalled more and more at the disrespect rampant in this country for our elected
leader, our president. He's over half through his second elected term, he's recognized
universally as the most powerful head of state on earth, and here in the country that he
leads, he is denigrated, reviled and ridiculed, incessantly and publicly. Seemingly every
comedian, commentator, talk-show host, and political writer continually find new ways to
portray our own president as a hapless boob, an intellectual lightweight, a liar, and an
incompetent puppet of a supposed monolithic military-industrial complex.

And led on by a liberal media that squirms at any mention by an elected official of God or
his guidance, the virus of unrestrained disrespect is seriously infecting the general
public. Lost in the growing discontent and loud grumbling is any awareness of a
burgeoning economy, lower taxes, lower unemployment, billions spent on the
reconstruction of lower Louisiana, and greater access to medical care for most
Americans—along with lost awareness of the startling fact that since 9/11, our
government has managed to prevent any second similar attack!

The man and his associates have done a lot of
things right!

He, like anybody we choose to lead for four
crucial, difficult years, deserves our
encouragement, our help, our support—and
our fervent prayers on his behalf.

And the reason I quote the specific scriptures above
is the two-sided implication in both: God demands
that each of us intercede for those in authority over
us, for their sakes—and our own! They need our
support and respect, so they can discharge their
responsibilities, and if we fail to grant them that, we
"bring judgment" on ourselves, forfeiting expectation of "peaceable lives."

Isn't that what's happening?

To me, it seems that it is. As we publicly and broadly diminish respect for our leaders, we
diminish confidence in ourselves, our future, and our ability to find dependable
leadership. And simultaneously, other countries have diminished respect for us as a
nation. President Lincoln himself quoted Jesus during his own time of intense trial and
scathing criticism, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."

Proverbs 18:21 declares, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue"; scientific
research has shown that even plants wither and die when spoken to harshly, over a short
period of time! How can even strong leaders make good decisions consistently, when
they're subjected to ringing choruses of derision from the people they're attempting to
serve?

I offer two things, hoping to prompt more widespread prayer and intercession
for our president, whether we voted for him or not, whether we like what he's
doing or not.

The first is the prospect of Almighty God actually affecting the president's judgment and
decisions on our behalf. President Lincoln confided, "That the Almighty does make use of
human agencies, and directly intervenes in human affairs, is one of the plainest
statements of the Bible. I have had so many evidences of his direction — so many
instances when I have been controlled by some other power than my own will — that I
cannot doubt that this power comes from above."

And the
second is a glimpse into the humanity, the soul, of the man who bears the
responsibility of this impossible task, this unimaginable challenge of harnessing all our
resources and charting the course our country will take into the foreseeable future. Like
most of our presidents, he knows full well he's not capable on his own; he devoutly
craves our support and the guidance of God. And we owe that to any man we put in that
position, for his sake and our own.

This is an eyewitness account, shared with me by Barry, an ABI officer who was paired
with a secret service agent accompanying President Bush in Enterprise, Alabama, just
after the devastating tornado tore the town, and the school, apart just weeks ago.

He said when they started walking through the rubble at the school they came upon four
students waiting for the president. They were in an area where on the floor there was an
emblem that read EHS (Enterprise High School) Class of '65. When the president
approached the students, he asked "Which one of you is the president?" (I assume he
meant president of the student body). One of the girls kind of raised her hand and said "I
am" — and then she hung her head and started to cry.

President Bush wrapped his arms around her, and the other three joined them. Barry, the
ABI officer, said President Bush started to tear up, and said, "It's tough being the
president, isn't it?" He said the president talked to the kids a little longer, but he couldn't
hear all that was being said. But he could tell that the president was quoting scripture.
Then, as the president started walking again, he said he wanted the emblem EHS CLASS
OF '65 preserved, whatever it took. The mayor spoke up and said they would take care
of it. But President Bush turned to him and said, "I was speaking to the president."

Then he said, "By the way, where are my children?" The four students who were lagging
behind came running up to him and walked the rest of the way over to the church with
him. The media were sent to a different area, Barry said. When President Bush got inside
the church to meet with the families of those that had been killed, the secret service man
turned to Barry and said "This is as far as we go. This is his time with them." Barry then
asked him if the president was protected, and the secret service man said "Yes, he is
protected, but not by us."

Barry could hardly contain himself as he was sharing this account. He said he told the
secret service man that he wished everyone could witness what he just had. "Then they
could see that the most powerful man in the United States was just another human being,
a father, a comforter, a friend and had true compassion for these people. However, the
media does not portray that—big surprise!"

Big surprise, indeed.
George W. Bush is just a man, a man chosen by a slim
majority of 300 million people to lead them into their future. Surprise, he makes
mistakes just like the rest of us, though he tries hard and wants to do the
Herculean things the times call for. But there's a grave risk that he can't—and
God won't—unless we pray.
The eColumn appears
courtesy of Pat Boone.

During the early years of
his golden career, Pat
sold more records in the
'50's than any other
artist except Elvis
Presley.

As one of the top
recording artists of the
Rock and Roll era, he
sold more than 45
million records and
charted 60 songs in the
Top Forty, with 18 hitting
the Top Ten. His
Platinum recording
"Love Letters in the
Sand" stayed on the
charts for 34
consecutive weeks.

Pat also starred in 15
films, including
Journey
to the Center of the
Earth
, State Fair, and
April Love.

Currently, Boone hosts
two weekly radio
programs,
The Pat
Boone Show
(one of the
most listened to and
recognizable radio
shows in the country)
and
Then and Now, from
the
Music of Your Life
Radio Network. Each
week Pat Boone is
heard worldwide on over
315 radio stations.

For almost 20 years,
has proudly held the
honor of spokesperson,
chairman and host of
the Easter Seal
Society Telethon.

Through the years, Pat
Boone has given voice
to the best things about
America, religious liberty
and freedom.
PAT BOONE
       ...Pray for the President

"Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities.
For there is no authority except from God, and the
authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore
whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of
God, and those who resist will bring judgment on
themselves." —Romans 13:1-2
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