Dr Seuss has a book entitled, If I Ran the Zoo. This is an election year and we are hearing a lot of, If I’m elected President… If I were the President… If I ran this country… We went to the movie recently and saw, We Bought a Zoo — cute movie. It was about a family that bought a zoo. It was a movie about a family that bought problems… lots and lots of problems. In the movie they solve them all and it has a happy ending.
Do you want to run the country? I prefer the role of just telling the President how to run the country!!! I want to be his chief advisor – actually his only advisor – and he listens only to me. I read recently that when Bin Laden was killed in the raid that Vice President Biden advised against it. The President, no doubt, gets lots of advice. The bottom line is that the President runs the zoo – and this country with all its problems is a zoo!
I can’t imagine wanting to be President. I like sitting down at the end of the day and having supper with my family and occasionally watch a good hockey game on TV. I like going to church and a good Bible study with someone wanting to learn. I don’t need to run the zoo. What we want from those who do run the zoo is faithfulness and dedication. We want them to step up and take responsibility. Jesus said, He who is a hireling and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hireling and cares nothing for the sheep.
Recently, there was a cruise ship that ran aground. The ship turned on its side and hundreds of people had to escape. Unfortunately, something like 17-18 died and there are still several who are missing. Good news – the captain made it safely ashore. Actually, it is not good news. There is a saying, the captain goes down with the ship. The captain is supposed to be the last one off the ship. This captain, as some news reports said, was told to go back to the ship!!! He was told that he needed to be there and oversee the abandon ship cry. He refused to go back. Today he is under arrest.
Running the zoo sounds like fun, but it carries with it awesome responsibility. When the wolf shows up he can’t flee. When the ship sinks he can’t be the first in a lifeboat. He must care!!!