The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily reflect those of BCNN1.
In 1976, after three years on the White House staff, I wrote a book, The White House Mystique (published by Fleming H. Revell) in which I tried to express the spiritual ethos and power of the presidency, and how it could be so beguiling — especially in the view of a junior staffer.
“Henley has wiped the stardust from his eyes and provided a refreshing and revealing glimpse of the inner workings of the Presidency during this convulsive yet fascinating period,” wrote Chuck Colson in his foreword for the book.
Most of the books written in the aftermath of Watergate were from senior staffers, and hence presented a top-down view. I sought to show the perspective from the bottom of the pile, where the gritty hacking and sawing that gave form to lofty ideas took place.
The single Amazon reviewer, a college professor, H.L. Ingle, lamented that “after it was published, (the book) simply disappeared down what George Orwell referred to in 1984 as the ‘memory hole.’” Graciously, Professor Ingle said, “this memoir is a must.”
Perhaps now, even more than in the Watergate era, if you will excuse my horn-tooting.
Actually, the book got washed down the “memory hole” in the hefty surf of volumes written by Nixon’s senior aides — including Colson’s own very important memoir, Born Again.
Even I had not in recent years given much thought to The White House Mystique until I read what Jim Bakker said about people who do or do not support Donald Trump. “Trump is a test whether you’re even saved,” said the TV preacher. “Only saved people can love Trump,” he continued. Bakker may have been trying to put the focus on the importance of forgiveness midst the fury of Trump-hatred. However, the unfortunate juxtaposition of support for Trump and true salvation became the focus of commentators.
Bakker was injudicious to say the least.
I confess that I believe literally in the prophetic word given by Daniel the prophet, recorded in Daniel 2:21. It is God, says Daniel, “who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings…”
Here the prophet is describing “providential history,” the belief that God is guiding the course of history for the fulfillment of His ultimate goal — the global proclamation and manifestation of His Kingdom of “righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14:17; see also Matthew 24:14)
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Wallace Henley