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The King’s Rhetoric

by Matt Davis on Tuesday - 28 July 2009

in Ministry

Stephen’s Note: The following post was written by my friend (and most excellent bass player), Matt Davis. Matt is not a blogger, but he should be. He’s got a keen eye for interesting articles on the web, and always offers great commentary.

Yesterday morning I stumbled upon a New York Times article reviewing a number of remarks president Obama has made since taking office that, in retrospect, some think he should have rephrased or altogether avoided. (The recent “stupid” commentary surrounding the arrest of professor Gates comes to mind.) What the article also includes is a quote from Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for George W. Bush, in which he says:

They [presidents] want to be genuine, they want to speak their mind. But there’s the recognition that you’re no longer able to muse the way you’re used to. If you’re too candid, that can really haunt you. So presidents learn the art of being circumspect. And they chafe at it. They want to be genuine. But in many ways, they all become more guarded as time goes on.

I was immediately struck by the following:

  1. The press follows around the American president day and night.
  2. Much of the world seemingly hangs on his every word.
  3. As well-informed as he may be, the “most powerful man in the world” does not know every detail of every situation.
  4. Even someone with that much authority is still subject to political posturing/pandering/placating.

The question I must pose, therefore, is the following: How often are we eager to hear the every word of our King?

We say we serve a King who speaks truth and not circumspect, who causes light to shine over darkness, who knows us intimately and is actively involved in his creation. We say that we serve the only King to ever offer real change, whose authority is without equal. Surely we wait with bated breath for the words of our King, right? We, with hearts that long to see things change and His Kingdom expand, pour over the wisdom of His words, right?

Then Pilate said, “So you are a king!” Jesus replied, “You say that I am a king. For this reason I was born, and for this reason I came into the world — to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” — John 18:37 (NET)

Are we listening?

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