Is President Bush Evil?

I am not asking this question from a political perspective. I am interested in whether God could have led President Bush’s actions.

President Bush says he prays about all major decisions. Thinking principally about Iraq and taking this on face value leads me to wonder; does he pray and ignore what he hears or is somebody other than God answering his prayers? Is there an alternative explanation?

More broadly this leads me to ponder how can prayerful people be led by their prayers into immorality. Why do good people do bad deeds? It is a concerning question because it throws doubt on all of our prayers and what we hear in reply.

I raised this question with Ian Gawler (about whom I have previously written). His answer was illuminating. He said that the foundation of guided spirituality was Faith, Practice and Wisdom. He said little more.

But reflecting on this, I begin to see that spirituality based only on Faith and Practice is unquestioning and undoubting. It lacks therefore the basic humility that is required to truly grasp after the Devine. It is the pursuit of wisdom that both sows (bountiful) doubt and underpins humility. As we grow in wisdom we become ever more conscious of the complexity of life and the breadth of wonder it contains. In this consciousness we lose pride and that the smug self-satisfaction of the holy warriors. At times we may even lose Faith and Practice but even that may be part of the growing.

So, to answer my question. I doubt George Bush is evil. I believe he is probably a man who seeks to do good. He values Faith and Practice, but he has not pursued Wisdom. And without this pursuit he is unguided. We cannot blame God for this.

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