Do not judge from his appearance or from his lofty stature, because I have rejected him. Not as man sees does God see, because man sees the appearance but the Lord looks into the
–(1 Samuel 16:7)
–(1 Samuel 16:7)
Today, on this most solemn of anniversaries, the deadly passage of Roe v. Wade, the Catholic Church has as its first reading 1 Samuel 16:1-13, the choosing of David as Saul’s successor to be King of Israel. And the fact that this reading is also the very one cited by Chuck Norris, the noble kick-boxing champion as well as champion of the common man in his acting role in Walker, Texas Ranger, when he endorsed Mike as the presidential candidate he would back, is not lost on me either. Just as Norris used this passage to show that Huckabee, like David, was the least likely leader in appearance, but first pick in the eyes of God, so too do I see this passage’s appearance on the day of mourning for the unborn confirming Huck as the best candidate for obtaining the banning of abortion on demand.
Interestingly enough, just as David’s anointing transformed Jonathon into the king’s constant companion, so has Norris’ endorsement of Huck turned into a bonafide mutual friendship. And this Huck-Chuck friendship is fitting in two distinct but connected ways. First, Norris, especially in his Walker role, always played the protector of the little guy, and Huckabee knows there is no littler (or more vulnerable) guy than the pre-born in the womb. Secondly, Mike is the type of guy you instantly feel connected with precisely because he does not come off as the typical unapproachable ruler or, in this case, money-bought president. Businessmen make their decisions based on riches, and the worldly make their choices based upon titles or accolades, but it is only the very young (or very saintly) who do not judge by appearances. Today’s passage, chosen by the Church (and the Chuck) tells us we must become like little children if we are to choose the correct person for president. Otherwise, the littlest of children will continue to be slaughtered, and the Lord’s warning to Solomon (1 Kings 9:1-9) will come to pass in today’s United States as it did in ancient Israel.