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If You Were President of the United States, What Would You Do? (Part 2 of 2)

“If I were president, I would let people go to football games without tickets,” says Cole, 10.

Have you checked with the NFL Players Association? They might have something to say about this.

“I would make a slumber-party day,” says Megan, 6.

Some federal bureaucrats have already picked up on this idea. Have you ever tried to get someone on the phone from a popular federal agency like the Immigration and Naturalization Service?

“I would make it against the law to call someone a name,” says Kirsten, 9.

Does this mean I can’t say “dodo head” when someone pulls out in front of me on the freeway? Unfortunately, bad drivers will never be extinct like the dodo bird.

Seriously, we shouldn’t need a law against name-calling. Control of the tongue is a virtue that characterizes spiritual maturity. The third chapter of James compares the tongue to a small fire that can burn down an entire forest (James 3:5-6). Be careful the next time you’re tempted to call someone a name.

“I would tell everyone if they rob, steal or break in, they would have to stay in jail for four months and rake,” says Michael, 8.

Michael, I think we know your least favorite chore.

“I would let people keep a horse in their back yard, including a stable,” says Annie, 9.

Annie, do you think that would produce a “stable” economy?

“I would try to end world hunger and lower taxes for my dad — he hates those,” says Trent, 10. “And I would fly around the world in Air Force One all day. I would buy a Lamborghini.”

Trent, don’t forget to raise the speed limit to 120 mph.

“I would help poor people in other countries by not just giving them money, but by sending missionary groups to show them how to grow their own food. The missionaries would also tell them about Christ,” says Katie, 10.

After Japan surrendered in 1945, General Douglas MacArthur became Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in charge of rebuilding the Japanese government. To a visiting group of evangelicals, MacArthur said: “Japan is a spiritual vacuum. If you do not fill it with Christianity, it will be filled with Communism. Send me 1,000 missionaries.” He asked U.S. missionary societies to send “Bibles, Bibles and more Bibles.”

Can you imagine a U.S. president or American general asking for missionaries as a part of our foreign aid program? MacArthur knew that a spiritual vacuum resides inside of every person. Without Christ, a life will be filled with something else. That something else can be very destructive and cruel, as the world experienced in the struggle against Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany. We’re seeing the same kind of cruelty today in the terrorism of Islamic fascism.

“If I were president, I would pray for everyone in the world and make friends with them,” says Joseph, 7.

Think about this: No president can solve all the problems of the world, but a praying president can seek God’s will and wisdom as he faces them. There is one thing Christians can do to make a huge difference in our government: Pray.

Memorize this truth: “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence” (I Timothy 2:1-2).

Ask this question: When is the last time you prayed for the president and his advisers?

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