What if Barack Obama established a Presidential Advisory Committee that would meet once every couple of months, bringing together the former presidents for a conference in order to seek their collective wisdom? There is a wealth of experience in former presidents that generally goes untapped. Tony Campolo
Meditation: I am fascinated that even in the Old Testament, creation begins with a “we”. God talks to God self as a “we”, as a community: “Let us make mankind in our image”… Creation needed more than one (maybe additional angels? Maybe “the Word” and “the Spirit”?) to bring forth the bounty and beauty it holds. Today after 100 days in office, the US stares at a novice president, stunned how he can be so unprepared for his “one man show” leadership. Why doesn’t he ask for support instead of just following the spur of the moment? How come this culture expects an unprepared and ignorant businessman to run this country by himself? Even congress has forgotten how to function like a community that creates together. Where has this country gone wrong? The younger generations are learning that they function and create best as a team, but the young folks are not yet in power. African nations in their communal life approach know that “it takes a village to raise a child”. But our Western world expects individuals to do what communities are meant to do. Why do we allow the limitations of a 70 year old narcissistic business man who did not even want to be president to ru(i)n our country? How has communal and collective wisdom gotten so lost at a time when we most urgently need it?
Prayer: God, Your wisdom is communal. We talk about You as “Trinity” and mean that You are “three in one”. You are within Yourself a community. You are always consulting within Yourself. You are listening to Yourself. And You are love. And this love has creative communal power. God we have lost our communal ways. We are no longer functioning as Your image. We are currently going astray as a nation. We are self-destructive by allowing one man to “ru(i)n our country”. Fill us again with Your communal wisdom. Help this inexperienced president to seek wisdom from experienced and wise guides, including those who had this role before him. God have mercy on us and on this world, so that his mistakes won’t destroy and cost lives. God have mercy! Amen
Then God said, Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. Genesis 1:26