ABC came out with a new television show last week that airs on Tuesday nights entitled Commander In Chief. The show centers around Mackenzie Allen, the first female vice-president of the United States. Vice President Allen, played by Academy Award winner, Geena Davis, faces a dilemma as the President becomes incapacitated and unable to carry out his duties as president.
According to the Constitution and the 25th Amendment, Allen will become the successor to the president. Allen is then bombarded with opinions and demands from the president’s cabinet, the Speaker of the House, and other party members that she should resign and allow a male replacement to be sworn in as president. She is told that her vice presidency has only been a ploy to get the president in office and that she should not be serious about taking over as president. Even the president himself, while on his death bed, tells her that his desire is not for her to become the president but to resign so that someone else, loyal to his party, get the job. Amidst all these naysayers and her own desire to do what’s best for the country, Allen, an independent and not loyal to a particular party, is faced with a serious dilemma but also the awesome opportunity to become the first female president of the United States! Needless to say the president dies and she chooses instead to be sworn in as president.
As you can see, I am captivated by this show. As I began to think about it, her dilemma reminded me of the situation that many Christians find themselves in, myself included. There are times in our lives when we are faced with dilemmas—what to do—how to do—and all around us, during our contemplation—during our prayer time—during the time we are seeking a word from God—the naysayers are whispering and sometimes shouting in our ears. “You can’t do that!” “That won’t work!” “That’s going to be too hard, are you sure you want to do that?” Even those closest to us sometimes tell us to “Resign!” - the task should not be undertaken. When the odds seem insurmountable and the logistics don’t add up—this is the time to exercise our faith!
Mackenzie Allen, although hearing the voices of many telling her that the task was impossible—listened instead to another voice—the still, small voice within her head that told her that she could do it—she could handle being the first female president of the United States!
Thank you, Jesus, that we, too, have a still, small voice—the voice of the Holy Spirit that comforts and encourages us to press on , to fight on, to persevere! No matter how crazy the odds, no matter how impossible the situation, no matter how large the obstacles—we can do ALL things through Christ that strengthens us! There is not one thing that we have gone through or will ever go through that God can’t resolve! There is not one obstacle that exists that can keep us from His love, His protection and His care! God has empowered us through the Holy Spirit and our faith in Jesus Christ to reach our potential, to walk in our purpose and to praise Him with all of our being.
Monday I was faced with a word: Faith, and Faith became the word of the day. Tuesday I became aware of why I needed that faith and Tuesday night I watched as Mackenzie Allen, although fictional, exercised a faith in herself and the people around her that she could get the job done. While I might not become the first female president of the United States— I have faith in an almighty, all-knowing, all-powerful God and I am assured that He is in control of my life and regardless of the naysayers, “What you goin’ do?” or “How you goin’ get out of that?” - I can hear the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit saying, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Once again, I cling to my Commander In Chief who whispers to me from Isaiah 41:10:“Fear thou not, for I am with thee. Be not dismayed for I am thy God. I will strengthen thee, yea; I will help thee, yea; I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”·
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Very well written column. I enjoyed it. Keep up the good work. I haven't seen the show. I only watch Survivor, American Idol, and Fox News. That's all I have time for. May God continue to bless your writing. Sincerely, Dan Blankenship