Can you believe, thousands of years ago King Solomon experienced many of the frustrations Americans are struggling with in 2015? Do you want to hear what he did about them?
First, he dedicated himself to finding out for himself (not taking other people’s words) exactly what constitutes the good life, the life he could recommend for all of his subjects. He tried mirth, folly, and pleasures. It was all vanity, empty frivolity. (Eccl 2:1) Then he turned to great works. He built houses, planted vineyards and orchards, dammed creeks and rivers to make pools of water, raised cattle of all kinds in great abundance, provided employment for many men and girls, and collected great wealth in silver and gold. He collected musical instruments of every kind and surrounded himself with men and women who sang and played the instruments.
He also gave time to academics, and became recognized as the wisest man in the world. But when he surveyed all that he had accomplished he concluded: “All was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.”
He went even further. He said, “Yea, I hated all my labor which I had taken under the sun; because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me.” He realizes he will not live forever, and some day another king will sit on his throne, and who knows “whether he shall be a wise man or a fool?”
My sacrifice is small, only eight years of military service for my country. Hundreds of thousands of our young men and ladies have given more: arms, legs, eyes, sometimes even their lives fighting unjust, totalitarian systems to advance the cause of freedom. They must feel as sick as I do that we now have a fool in the White House who is giving away all that we bought with our blood and lives. He insults and offends our friends and allies. He gives our enemies cause to dance and celebrate. He spreads division, chaos, and confusion wherever he goes and in everything he touches. He wastes our money big time, and encourages others in government to do the same.
For the sake of our children and grandchildren, what can we do to make certain that we never put another fool in our White House?