Former President Said, "Goodbye Jack Daniels, Hello Jesus."
In the summer of 1986 George W. Bush made the great decision of his life. As a close friend put it, "It was ‘goodbye Jack Daniels, hello Jesus." While all American presidents have had some form of religion, Bush testifies to a genuine conversion experience that transformed his life. It saved his marriage and his future. Without it he would never have become anything like president of the United States of America and the most powerful leader in the world.
Newsweek magazine gave a detailed account of President Bush's conversion in a March 10, 2003 series of articles. Beneath a cover picture of the President in prayer there was the headline, "Bush and God." To the side was the title of the featured article, "How Faith Changed His Life and Shapes His Presidency."
Bush started out on a fast lane in his Triumph convertible as a hardy partyer in Houston's nightlife. His drinking turned him into a famously obnoxious drunk at parties.The party life changed in 1977 when he married Laura, but the drinking got worse. He grew a reputation as a famously obnoxious drunk at parties. His wife was upset with the daily drinking. Laura was a patient woman but she grew increasingly fed up with his drinking.
By 1985, three years after the birth of their twin daughters, liquor had created serious trouble in the Bush family. Then, in the summer of 1986, Bush made the decision that would drastically change his life and would later change the presidency. He repented of his sins and asked Christ to change his life. The Bible promises, "If any man be in Christ he is a new creature." Bush experienced his transformation into a "new" creature.
"The President's days end with prayer, saying grace over his dinner. Newsweek described a White House dinner like this, "Bush, as usual, was a genial, joshing host. Also as usual, he didn't want the evening to last too long. ‘He tends to rush through cocktail hour,' says a friend. ‘One quick Coke and he wants to eat.' The president asked Rumsfeld to say grace.
"President Bush is an example of the power of Jesus Christ to change anyone who wants to start their life over on a new and better path. "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" (2 Cor. 5:17).
The president faced some of the toughest decisions any man in history has confronted. He faces them with the confidence that millions are praying for him and God is guiding him.The "intellectual elitists" who believe in moral equivalence and hate the concept of good and evil, are constantly upset with the president.
In his June 1, 2002 West Point commencement address he said, "We are in a conflict between good and evil, and America will call evil by its name." And of course there is his much publicized reference to the axis of evil": Iraq, Iran and North Korea.President Bush's day begins with a Bible study.
Newsweek said, "Even before he brings his wife, Laura, a morning cup of coffee, he goes off to a quiet place to read alone. His text isn't news summaries or the overnight intelligence dispatches. Those are for later . . . Instead he's told friends, it's a book of evangelical minisermons."The President's days end with prayer, saying grace over his dinner.
President Bush is an example of the power of Jesus Christ to change anyone who wants to start their life over on a new and better path. "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" (2 Cor. 5:17).