Imagine a conversation - Jesus and Barack Obama - by James Archer
This has parallels with Solomon's dream in 1 Kings 3.
The day after Barack Obama’s election victory.
Jesus Congratulations on your election victory, Barack.
Obama Thank you. It’s kind of you to say so. Any advice?
Jesus Remember who you are.
Obama What do you mean?
Jesus Well, who do you think you are?
Obama Barack Hussein Obama. President-elect of the United States of America.
Jesus Go on.
Obama … er … husband, father, grandson, son, …
Obama … the voice of change, embodiment of the American dream, leader of the free world, …
Jesus Messiah to the masses. Saviour of the universe? The One who will lead the people into a brave new world where there’s no more greed, injustice, hatred or pain? Walk on water, turn water into wine, …
Obama I can’t do that!
Jesus Remember that. It’s what they expect. Look what happened to me – five days after proclaiming me as king, they were baying for my blood.
Obama So what should I do?
Jesus Follow me. Harness yourself to me, for my harness is easy and my burden is light.
Obama I could do with that. I can already feel the weight of expectation, the burden of insoluble problems. Any more advice?
Jesus Read my book – all of it, not just the bits people point out. Get a feel for my heart for humankind. There’s lots of stories – how not to lead as well as how to do so. You’ll find it reads differently from your new perspective.
Obama Thanks, I’ll try and do that.
Jesus And remember – you can’t change people’s hearts – only I can do that. Is there anything else you want from me?
Obama I’m only young and inexperienced, the son of a goatherd. Give me wisdom to govern this great people well.
Jesus I will, so long as you follow me. Start with 1 Kings chapter 3.
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