Monday, January 19, 2009

What Others Could Not: A challenge for Obama

What Others Could Not
A challenge for Obama

You offer us hope of a promised dream.
You inspire a nation with change.
Yet, I want a simpler thing.
To some this might seem strange.

What I want is a challenge of sorts
Not meant to belittle your movement.
Yes, you have political support
But what about home improvement?

What I ask is different than the rest;
They want prosperity and peace.
I would like a harder test
A covenant that won’t be fleeced.

Can you do what others could not?
Succeed where others failed?
Can you remember what others forgot?
Keep sacred what others unveiled?

Dr. King moved mountains for civil rights.
Worshiped was JFK.
Two social heroes who fought the fight
Yet both lost their way.

When it came to changing the heart of a nation
Unrivaled were they in zeal.
But when it came to private temptation
Their lives were less than ideal.

So the challenge I put before you today
Is one of a personal matter.
It has to do with not going astray
And avoiding red lips that flatter.

Presidents and paupers, great men and small
Have all failed at this thing.
To stick to the promise for the long haul
They made with a vow and a ring.

No doubt these men did their part
To change the world for the better.
But their wives were left with a broken heart
From their husband's scarlet letter.

“Yes we can” be the change
From eighty to eighteen.
But as for you, will you exchange
This vow for a bowl of beans?

You’ve said, “Til’ death do us part”
For Michelle and God to hear.
And we will see from the start
How much you were sincere.

Can you do what others could not
When alluring women come by?
Or will you be tied in a lover’s knot
And live an adulterous lie?

This is the simpler thing I ask
But an important thing in life.
It might be your hardest task
Fidelity to your wife.

3 Comments:

At 4:56 PM, Blogger ballofdirt said...

Very Very cool! I agree!!!!!!!!

 
At 11:01 PM, Blogger Kristina said...

I'm curious where this is coming from.

 
At 11:32 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Kristina,
This comes primarily out of a desire to see President Obama not only succeed as one of our greatest Presidents but also succeed as a husband, father and follower of Christ.

I wrote this after watching a History Channel special that looked at the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In that special, the amazing things that MLK did to change the country were highlighted. Unfortunately, what was also highlighted was his infidelity to his wife.

JFK is also known as one of our greatest Presidents. Unfortunately, not only is he famous for being a great leader, he is also famous for cheating regularly on his wife.

When my grandkids watch a History Channel special on President Obama 50 years from now, I don't want his story to be the same as MLK and JFK. I want them to see in him not only a great President, but a great husband, father and follower of Christ.

 

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