An Offer From Elvis

Robert Strand

elvisdisplayThis is an interesting and little known page of American history. Not everybody liked former President Richard Nixon...however the king did. I'm not talking the king of some foreign country...I'm talking about THE KING, Elvis Presley. Elvis thought J. Edgar Hoover was "the greatest living American...and Richard Nixon wasn't far behind."

On December 21, 1970, Elvis dropped by the White House unannounced, requesting an audience with the President. To make sure Nixon knew who he was, he brought along a letter to introduce himself. It seemed Elvis was interested in becoming a federal agent to help fight the drug problem...the country's, not his.

In his letter he wrote that "the drug culture, the hippie elements, the SDS, Black Panthers, etc." did not consider him as part of the establishment and therefore he would be able to easily filtrate their ranks to act as an under-cover agent. To help Nixon realize what he was talking about, Elvis wrote that he had done an "in-depth study of drug abuse" as well as "Communist brainwashing techniques."

Nixon did see Elvis...WHO WAS STONED ON PAINKILLERS during the meeting. Needless to say, his request to become a federal agent was denied. (Excerpted and adapted, Leland H. Gregory III, Dell Publishing, New York)

How Does This Apply to Us?

What a fascinating scene of history of two people who are not long dead and gone. Is there a lesson here for us, today? YES...too often Christians are mistaken in believing that their sin experiences in their past or even present makes them a better Christian, when in reality it is their current relationship to God, WITHOUT SIN, that makes us all better Christians!

"No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in Him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God" (I John 3:9).