In a conversation with my wife this morning, she made me wonder whether McCain’s death may have a bigger effect than his life. It made me think of Samson in Judges 16:23-30, esp. v. 30.
23 Now the rulers of the Philistines assembled to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god and to celebrate, saying, “Our god has delivered Samson, our enemy, into our hands.”
24 When the people saw him, they praised their god, saying,
“Our god has delivered our enemy
into our hands,
the one who laid waste our land
and multiplied our slain.”
25 While they were in high spirits, they shouted, “Bring out Samson to entertain us.” So they called Samson out of the prison, and he performed for them.
When they stood him among the pillars, 26 Samson said to the servant who held his hand, “Put me where I can feel the pillars that support the temple, so that I may lean against them.” 27 Now the temple was crowded with men and women; all the rulers of the Philistines were there, and on the roof were about three thousand men and women watching Samson perform. 28 Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” 29 Then Samson reached toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other, 30 Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived.
A: “Imagine Donald Trump’s library.”
B: “You’d have to.”
Gracious and prophetic reflections, not an easy thing to do…
Love this kind of compassion and creativity!
Yes, that’s right. You heard me. Here are a few things about Polk I learned from reading Walking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson by David Reynolds:
He determined to serve one term.
He rarely took vacations.
He sought to address four main campaign promises and did!
He worked extremely hard.
(Waking Giant, p. 351-53 by David Reynolds)
Irrespective of who is in power, these sad syllogisms recently came to mind.
All politicians lie.
The president is a politician.
Therefore, the president lies.
The president lies.
The press secretary presents the president’s take on the world and to the world.
Therefore, the press secretary is forced to lie.
From one of my favorite, living authors: