When people asked me during the 2016 election period who I thought would be the best President of the United States, my first answer was Jesus Christ. My second choice elicited smiles, nods, and many times, for those who know my candidate personally, solid agreement.
He didn’t run for any office that year and sadly has no intention of doing so in the future, yet I believe he would prove a compassionate leader, fierce protector, and amazing hero.
He already is.
Nearly three years ago, this particular candidate harnessed the guts and gusto to step into a sinking ship with a marvelous resolve to right it and propel it along a prosperous new course. Many had attempted this daring feat and failed, but after much prayer and prudence, he determined to set sail.
Within months, he surpassed his goal and gained the favor of kings. The unwavering loyalty of his diverse crew spoke volumes about his management style and his ability to bring people together, unify a motivated team, and build them up with strength, vision, and purpose.
Today, other captains, both near and far, have noticed and called upon my candidate for advice, comraderie, products, and employment. While blessed by finding favor, he vigilantly keeps his heart in check, knowing that humility permeates a truly successful man. He couldn’t be labeled an ivory tower poster boy, as he never hesitates to toss his collared shirt aside and grab a pair of gloves, working the lines alongside his team when the call arises.
Fully aware when in the presence of his betters, he embraces opportunities to learn and grow rather than cower in fear or wallow in a pit of insecurity, asking, “Who moved my cheese?” Respecter of persons, giver of grace, he takes responsibility for his actions, rights his wrongs, and makes it a practice to take the high road.
For years, he faithfully provided for a family with significant challenges. This man has sacrificed much for the sake of many. He is adored and appreciated far more than he knows. Through wind, sleet and hail, he’s climbed uphill battles, the kind that separate the men from boys, clashes that cost him nearly everything dear.
He’s a man, one that stands in the gap. When the going gets tough, he hits his knees and prays God would enable him to get tougher. I’ve seen this Man of Steel fight fires and chase down giants, carry groceries for elderly ladies and visit men behind bars, befriend the outcast and weep with the homeless.
What kind of candidate does such things?
No, he’s not Jesus. My candidate would detest the comparison and declare his shortcomings.
Yet, it’s Jesus’ heart I see in him.
Every man falls. Faced with the choice stay down or rise up. Learning from the “falling” and re-charting his course accordingly have defined the man he has become. This post, this resume of character, reflects the heart of a man dedicated to living a life worthy of the words, “Well done, My good and faithful servant.”
Who does such things? My nominee.
Movie-making, drone-flying mad scientist, this seafarer of mine. Relentlessly-cycling, steadilyy-swimming, marathon-running machine. Former skydiver and electrician turned poet and friend.
A leader who leads leaders. A warrior who protects at all costs. A chosen vessel who commands his ship with the wisdom of Solomon and the love of Christ.
A devoted father, husband, and friend.
Christian T. Morgan
The name Morgan means “of the sea” and well-fits this able and excellent Captain.
O Captain, my Captain! Thank you for not hesitating to steer our ship straight into the storms of life, fearless and bold, loving to the end. From the Bronx to the White House, I’ll hold up your sign, wear your t-shirt, and campaign across the USA, proud to be by your side.
And to nominate you for the office of President of the United States.
Happy Birthday! We rejoice in God’s gift of you!