In Search of Presidential Leadership – The Faith and Courage of Ronald Reagan

22 October 2015 AD

“Getting shot hurts. Still my fear was growing because no matter how hard I tried to breathe it seemed I was getting less & less air. I focused on that

Ronald Reagan in recovery from gunshot
Ronald Reagan in recovery from gunshot

tiled ceiling and prayed. But I realized I couldn’t ask for Gods help while at the same time I felt hatred for the mixed up young man who had shot me. Isn’t that the meaning of the lost sheep? We are all God’s children & therefore equally beloved by him. I began to pray for his soul and that he would find his way back to the fold.” – President Ronald Reagan, The Reagan Diaries, Monday, March 30, 1981, Page 12

Only 69 days into his presidency, John Hinckley shot our president and several others. Hinckley wanted to impress actress Jodie Foster. For the record, Jodie wasn’t the least impressed. However, God was impressed with Reagan’s choice to forgive Hinckley.

In that 1979 election God gave us what we wanted: wise and courageous leadership. Later in 2007, God again gave us what we wanted. We got what we wanted, then didn’t want what we got. By ‘we’, I mean the whole of American voters.

What is it we want this time around? I suggest you follow Ronald Reagan’s example by praying before voting. Your ears hear what the candidates say; what matters is what the Holy Spirit speaks quietly into your heart.

Choose wisely, my friends.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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