Lessons Learned from the JFK Museum

I had a quirky childhood fascination with John F. Kennedy. In the third grade, I read a book about him and my fascination quickly grew to the point where friends and relatives began giving me historical JFK memorabilia as gifts. Thinking this is weird? So am I.

Luckily I outgrew this hobby and it’s been a long time since I’ve read much about the Kennedys. But while we were in Boston, it seemed logical to visit the world renowned JFK Library and Museum, rekindling fond memories of my childhood hobby. Our trip to the museum was fantastic for many reasons, not the least of which was the building, located right on the ocean!

During our tour, I was reminded why I once liked JFK so much. He initiated programs like the Peace Corps, which challenged young adults to live selflessly in their early years to help third world countries overcome poverty, illiteracy and disease. During his presidency, Kennedy launched initiatives to increase the quality of care given to the mentally disabled and, most notably, was an advocate for civil rights. As a captivating communicator and visionary leader, JFK provided hope for the world. Too bad his personal integrity didn’t match his political prowess. JFK’s legacy is forever tainted by his sexual misconduct.

I walked away from the museum reminded of three key principles:

  1. God often allows immoral people to make positive contributions to the world.
  2. We can try to hide immorality, but our sin will eventually surface, leaving our legacy tainted.
  3. Satan will work hard to tempt great people who possess world-changing power.

I’m always saddened when I see leaders stumble into moral failure. Lesson learned: we must always be alert to Satan’s schemes, allowing God to use us because of our character, not in spite of it.

I may never impact our country the way JFK did. But I hope I can stand before God some day with my integrity intact.




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