by Moody Adams America’s new president can find vital instructions from a Bible leader who started out as with many similarities to President Obama.
It has been said that a man like him comes along only once in a lifetime. He was tall and handsome. He came from a minority tribe (Benjamites) that had been greatly abused (by the Amalekites) He was sought to be more like other international leaders. He rose on the tides of extreme popularity with the people. He sought to please God. There was no man like him in all the land.
However, while his popularity soared as he assumed the leadership of Israel, his reign would end in disaster and defeat in only two years.
Saul’s downfall came because he “feared the people” and sought to please them instead of doing what was right: “And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice. Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD. And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel” (I Samuel 15:24-26).
Sic transit gloria mundi is a Latin phrase that means "Thus passes the glory of the world". It has been interpreted as "Worldly things are fleeting." So did Saul’s popularity quickly flee.
Saul’s life serves as an instructive warning to our new president.