by Jeff Strite

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Who Is the Lord of the Ring? (3 of 4)
Series: The Lord of the Ring
Jeff Strite
Matthew 4:1-11

OPEN: Several years ago, Christian Herter was running hard for reelection as Governor of Massachusetts, and one day he arrived late at a barbecue.
He'd had no breakfast or lunch, and he was famished. As he moved down the serving line, he held out his plate and received one piece of chicken. The governor said to the serving lady, ''Excuse me, do you mind if I get another piece of chicken. I'm very hungry.''
''Sorry, I'm supposed to give one piece to each person,'' the woman replied.
''But I'm starved,'' he repeated, and again she said: ''Only one to a customer.''
Herter was normally a modest man, but he decided this was the time to use the weight of his office, and said, ''Madam, do you know who I am? I am the governor of this state.''
''Do you know who I am?'' she asked.
When he replied he did not she answered: ''I'm the lady in charge of chicken. Move along please''

APPLY: The Governor of Massachusetts ended up looking foolish because he tried to claim authority, that wasn't his to claim.

ILLUS: Back when President Reagan was shot and the nation spent an anxious day waiting for the outcome of surgery. Some in the media asked the question: who's in charge while the president is hospitalized - and for a few hours there was some worry about what might happen if there was a national crisis while Reagan was incapacitated.
Hoping to put those worries to rest, Alexander Haig (one of Reagan's staff) stepped up and made the bold declaration: ''I'm in charge here!'' And he was promptly ridiculed because there were people who DID KNOW who was supposed to be in charge… and they knew Haig wasn't.
Several days of news reports followed that laid out the pattern of the succession of authority and Haig was WAY down the list.

I. Who has authority? Who's in charge?
In the movie, ''The Lord of the Rings'' the Dark Lord (Sauron) has the authority. He has the powe ...

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