At this moment I am listening to Jeb Bush describe himself as the best qualified candidate to rebuild the armed forces, protect the homeland, and subdue terrorism. Simply put, Jeb wants to be the President of United States and Commander in Chief of its armed forces. He is not alone. He is one candidate in a crowded field.
Why would anyone want to be President and Commander in Chief? Maybe its for money; perhaps a desire to be the most powerful person in the world? Or maybe the motivation is mere ego? Whatever it is, as Mr. Trump says, to be a candidate takes guts.
Jesus had guts, but he didn’t aspire to be commander in chief. This became clear when James and John imagined Jesus as Commander in Chief. They asked to be lifted up to the highest positions under Jesus. The other disciples resented this initiative of the two brothers and they argued among themselves about who would be the greatest.
Jesus seized the moment as an opportunity to teach. He called his disciples to him and reminded them that a boss in chief likes to give orders and be obeyed because he likes having authority. Don’t act like bosses, Jesus taught his disciples. Look at me, Jesus invited. I didn’t come to be a slave master, but to be a servant.
Today the candidates to be Commander in Chief pitch their qualifications to the evangelicals of South Carolina. All candidates and most voters consider themselves to be Evangelical Christians. Even Bernie Sanders does not have the courage to declare himself to be the descendant of a Jewish immigrant from Poland. He knows that if he is to win he must appeal to those who though prejudiced are classified as evangelicals.
To hear another preacher listen to the one who leads Moral Mondays in North Carolina. Rev. William Barber might be another Martin Luther King. Follow Barbor on facebook and hear him speak. Many evangelicals get their cues from confused politicians who follow popular preachers who lost of never knew the Jesus way.They wish to command others, not simply serve others. What is your choice.
Will you be bossy?
Or will you follow Jesus?
Serve Servant in Chief?