February 25, 2005

Private Recordings Only Reveal President's Integrity

I am wondering how many of you Christians listening, much less, the rest of our politicians, pundits and popularizers of culture would have passed the test President Bush aced with superior marks?

I’m talking about the recordings of private conversations taped by one time Bush friend and confident Doug Wead who felt compelled to betray his friend for what seems to be a cheap stunt to spike his soon-to-be released book.

Wead, a Christian, said, personal loyalty was trumped by the need for historical accuracy so some such thing. Wead has since repented of his betrayal and has directed the proceeds of his book to be given to charity. Good for him, but it still gives Christians another black eye.

What I am truly astounded by though is the integrity displayed yet again by this president. How many of us would stand the test of being recorded in our private most trusted times and then would want those conversations, quips and remarks publicized? I know I wouldn’t. Talk about embarrassing?

When I came back from Washington last Spring having met with the President in what was a semi-private meeting off limits to the press, I said in a previous commentary that I was so impressed by the “what you see is what you get” manner of this leader. He is steady, consistent, and forthright whether the camera is rolling or not. All Wead’s tapes have done is buttress this man’s integrity.

Jesus said in the Gospel of Matthew, “…the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. "The good man out of his good treasure brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of his evil treasure brings forth what is evil. "And I say to you, that every careless word that men shall speak, they shall render account for it in the Day of Judgment. "For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned." Matthew 12:34-37

Honestly, while I don’t know exactly what that time will look like, I rather think it will be profoundly embarrassing to most of us if not downright shameful, but not for the leader of our country. Mr. President, you are a rare breed in general and in Washington, your kind is unheard of. Well done!


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