The definition of a sage gleaned from others is that of a wise man or woman, a learned person, a philosopher and thinker, a scholar, an authority, an expert. To this we should add the wisdom of life experience, the skills, strength and courage required of a leader. Did I leave anything out? Oh yes, perhaps the most important quality of anyone strong enough to lead, whether it be leading one family or one nation. True humility. Under God.
Jesus taught his followers well, preparing them for the work of making disciples and sharing Good News around the world, and doing so in a manner that could be repeated for generations to come. “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matt 11:29). The eleven originals got it. Paul, Silas, Timothy, Titus and the next generation got it. “Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself” (Phil 2:3).
We are now preparing to cast our ballot for the top spot in government. Some great and some not-so-great men have assumed this high office. They were the chosen few who were called upon to lead America through the challenges of history.
Some entered the office as recognized sages of their times. Others emerged as sages following their White House years. Some let the name of Jesus make the journey from their hearts to their lips as though it were a walk in the garden; others more like a trek from an alternative universe. Some spoke of Jesus without fear of offending others who chose not to believe in the same god or in any god at all. Others were Some presidents were humble enough to openly express faith in the God of our fathers. Others left at best a trail of worldly wisdom. Some succeeded. Others did not. Some were the sages who led our nation through its troubled seasons…until today. And some did not.
One of the business and professional leaders that meet in my home every Wednesday morning for times of discussion and prayer, recently asked the question: “If it is such a significant election facing us in November, what can ‘we the people’ do to help make a difference in the outcome?”
Good question. Here we are again, in the year 2012, ready to look to the future . . . and hope. After the guys were gone that morning, I began to think about the presidents of my lifetime. Some were great leaders; others not so much. But were there any true sages in the White House?
If you are a Democrat, Republican, Independent or you just don’t like politicians period, do you have a favorite president you observed in your lifetime? Someone you believe was both sage and leader? For me, the answer is, yes.
Here is mine. Watch this video, I think you’ll know why I choose this man.
Tell me who yours is and why?
(A special thanks for the production of this video goes to members of Bel Air Presbyterian Church of Los Angeles, who, through the years, have been participants and supporters of The CASA Network.)