I heard about Senator Tim Johnson earlier this week and my prayers are certainly with him and his family. When I heard about his situation my heart felt for him and I was then appalled as the news reporter went on to focus on how his illness and misfortune might effect the power in the senate. Virtually nothing was mentioned about the senator, other than how it might effect the senate power positioning. I was pleased to see that I wasn’t the only person who felt the focus was misplaced:
In Washington a senator is fighting for his life. Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota underwent emergency surgery on December 13 after suffering a brain hemorrhage. He is currently recovering from that surgery and is receiving critical care. His long-term prognosis is unknown.
Sen. Johnson is a Democrat, and the national media immediately began speculation about whether Sen. Johnson’s health crisis would tip the balance of power in the Senate. The political calculations are inevitable, I suppose, but for concerned citizens, the issue right now cannot be political.
Our first responsibility is to pray for Sen. Johnson’s full and complete recovery. Before he is a senator, he is husband, father, and grandfather. A man is fighting for his life at George Washington University Hospital in the nation’s capital. Let’s pray for Sen. Tim Johnson, his wife Barbara, his children Brooks, Brendan, and Kelsey, and grandsons Sutton, Cooper, and Ari. The time for prayer is now. The politics will have to wait.
– Albert Mohler
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