Writing on President Bush's faith has almost become a new beat at many news services. Several new articles run every week. Most of these stories focus on how his Christian beliefs affect his policies and leadership. Last week, Newsweek devoted its cover story to "Bush and God."
But how has the president's faith changed the man? James Robison, a Texas preacher and spiritual adviser to Bush, says the change has been great. In fact, he says he has never seen conversion change a person's life more than it did for George W. Bush.
Robison, president of Life Outreach International and host of the TV show Life Today, is the author of The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope (Tyndale). In the book, Robison looks at why America's leadership needs to embrace biblical ideals if the country is to remain strong.
You say in The Absolutes that we're at a moment of truth as a nation. What do you mean?
I realized that this nation was headed for some difficult days due to the fact that we were making choices void of judgment, void of wisdom. I could see greed on the prowl. I could see relativism becoming the order of the day. If we don't move away from relativism and back to the absolute principles upon which the nation was solidly founded and established, we would have a very instable, insecure, and indefinite future.
I began writing the book four years ago. I was well into the writing of it prior to September the 11th. I had written the chapter "Greed Destroys" before Enron. I knew we were in trouble and actually began sharing these principles with a man that I had once not even cared for, and that's George W. Bush.
I visited with him one day and realized that this man had an encounter with God that was so profound. He said a year or two ago that had ...1