Politics, Power & Glamor
On my recent vacation to California, my husband and I visited The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. As I wandered through the exhibits and listened to the stories told by the audio guide, I couldn’t help but be moved by the enormity of the job. Literal life and death decisions of global impact are made by the highest leader of our land and of the free world.
But I couldn’t shake the uneasiness I felt as I grasped the magnitude of our Presidential choices in this election year. When I watch the debates, I see fear rather than confidence in the eyes of the candidates. I see a struggle for power rather than an urgency to serve.
I fear that some of our greatest leaders are not seeking this platform any longer.
In my opinion the only thing worth the blood, sweat and tears of a presidential seat is a tremendous conviction to serve God and country. Somehow the role of President has become glamorized to near royalty. This job is anything but glamorous and I think we the people need to give it the honor it is due. Glamor isn’t honor, respect is.
It seems that today’s candidates are enamored with the power of the position rather than the weightiness of the responsibility that comes with it.
But honestly I don’t think it’s all their fault. I think we have a great deal to do with it. Leaders rise to the demands and expectations put on them.
As followers we must:
- Study the issues, not just read the headlines.
- Remember that charisma matters but character is critical.
- Take responsibility for our part rather than give in to the idea that we can’t make a difference.
Dare I open the political can of worms and ask you what you think? 🙂