During 1973 we saw the inauguration of a President boasting an overwhelming electoral victory, after which he moved on to a higher pinnacle of success as he disengaged our nation from the longest war in the history of the United States. We paused. We prayed. We breathed a sigh of relief as the ceasefire went into effect. We watched the POWs come home. Many of us saluted the efforts of the commander-in-chief, Richard M. Nixon, who stood at the apex of his career.
Now, a year later, the President stands as a tragic, isolated figure. Dozens of public officials have been swept from positions of great influence, accused of betraying our trust. Bludgeoned by fuel shortages, rising costs, and international unrest, our President and nation seem unable to cope creatively with these problems, held as we are in the clutches of the unresolved Watergate affair.
In looking at Watergate, I do not intend to attack persons or assign guilt. Nor do I intend to defend anyone with a declaration of innocence. I have a deep love for President Nixon and value highly his graciousness to me during my six Key Biscayne years. I greatly appreciate my friendship with him, his family, and some of his White House associates. For me to make fallible human judgments on incomplete data would be foolish. Fortunately, we have a legal system that we can expect to proceed deliberately, convicting those who are guilty and acquitting the innocent.
What I would like to do is to look at Watergate and see what biblical lessons appear. The problem is bigger than any one man, any one administration. We have a responsibility to learn from these distressing events in order to free ourselves by God’s grace from the bondage and inertia of such tragedies.
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