In the movie, Dave, a man named Dave (Kevin Kline) bears an uncanny resemblance to the President of the United States. Two political advisors convince Dave it’s best for America if he would take the President’s place while the Chief Executive is in a coma. Dave, of course, has problems posing as the President, but in one scene he asks a Secret Service Agent named Duane (Ving Rhames), who knows h’s a replacement, a few questions:
Dave: “You know, I’ve always wondered about you guys. You know, about how you’re trained to take a bullet for the president?”
Duane: “What about it?”
Dave: “Is that really true? I mean, would you let yourself be killed to save his life?”
Dave: “So, now that means you’d get killed for me too, right?”
The Secret Service Agent stared straight ahead and never answered Dave. His face revealed his conflicted thoughts about where his loyalties began and ended in a situation like this.
I completely understand the Secret Service Agent’s problem.
You see, for a little over eight years, I had conflicting thoughts toward Christians who backed the Democratic Party.
I hate abortion and believe it’s murder. The Democratic Party endorses abortion as a plank on its party platform. Therefore, I judged all Christians who voted as a Democrat to be a supporter of baby murder.
Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to a brother, “Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is a log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:1-5)
Ouch! The lessons I have learned always seem to be painful, especially in time and money.
(Continued in Part 12…if you are interested, the full series, which was written in 2014, may be seen here.)