I thought: "How silly do these people look! Crying over a man that really they don't know what his agenda will be and about whom they know very little." I was a little angry - I realized that most of these people have nothing but disdain for ole George Bush. You see, George is not a glitzy president. He stumbles over his words. He is not a great orator. He doesn't make lofty promises. But he was a leader who devoted himself to the primary job of a president - that is protecting the homeland against enemies that want to destroy us - and he did it exceedingly well. Even in the face of political pressure and ridicule and low popularity ratings - he stuck to doing what he knew his job was. But no gratitude for Bush...they want the new guy who speaks well. They don't care so much WHERE Obama will lead, they just want "change".
As soon as I thought that, I realized I was part of a crowd that did the very same thing just a few years ago. My mind went back to February 2006 when Mac and Debbie Brunson stood in front of our church. We knew next to nothing about Mac Brunson at the time. To us, he was a blank slate. But yet we, like the Obama voters tonight in Grant Park, looked up at Mac Brunson, gazed into his eyes and cried and gave him a standing ovation as he delivered a speech and we voted to make him our leader. After years of following men like Homer Lindsay who had nothing special about them except that they did the main thing which was preach the Word, we as a church were so quick to throw our love and support and allegience - allegience we had given to a preacher who had proven himself and earned our trust - we were so quick to throw it fully behind a guy we didn't even know the first thing about.
Like Obama, the only thing we really knew about Mac was what they wanted us to know. The bio promo video shown on the screens that day - which was likely produced by the A-Group -sold us an "image" of what "Team Brunson" was. Its not that Mac didn't have a history - its just that we weren't told what it was. We had no chance to ask questions. We had no idea what he believed or how he would lead us. Yet our church threw to his feet our loyalty from day 1. We gave he and Honey and Trey (and unknown to us, the A-Group) in a single moment everything and more that the previous pastors had earned through their years of sacrifice and love. We made Brunson and his wife and his children the "royal family of FBC Jax" - we allowed them to view our church like a family business where they could hire his family and friends and associates and consultants and promoters.
It was then that I realized in February 2006, the people of FBC Jax were as gullible - no, we were MORE gullible - than the Obama supporters who think a man they know little about is the next great leader of our country.
As we have found out at FBC Jax - its a dangerous thing when people blindly throw their support behind an unknown, unproven leader.
But as Mac has said about this election several times: "We will get the leader that we deserve."
Church, we need to face the truth about ourselves and what having Mac Brunson as our leader says about us: "We HAVE the leader that we deserve."