… blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: from Daniel 2:20,21
From General George Washington to Donald J. Trump, we commemorate the presidents of the United States. What began as a holiday to honor our first president morphed into a holiday that included President Abraham Lincoln, then eventually became an ode to all presidents. The holiday coincided with President Washington’s birthday, the 22nd of February, but is now celebrated on the third Monday of February in order to give workers a long weekend. Now a federal holiday, most stores and businesses remain open for obvious reasons.
If you are “off” today, retail stores invite you to enjoy deep discounts in honor of our presidents. Our presidents might have a good laugh knowing they are being honored by a sale of mattresses, barring the possibility of outright insult.
Opinions of presidents vary from person to person, because of influences in our life, whether social or educational. Who or what influences our life is the greatest factor in what we believe.
Consider this: Think of a president that you have disdain for. Why do you feel that way? Did they make decisions and push agendas that hurt our country or killed our children? Belief systems are shaped by homes, parents and the schools attended. Our values come from deep roots that began growing when we were children. I say this to remind ourselves that presidents also become what they are or were because of childhood conditioning. Undeniably, Creator God had great influence in nurturing America’s core values. That truth is demonstrated throughout history; it is vanity to believe otherwise. A stroll through history will bear this out.
We cannot know the heart condition of another, yet we are known by our words and actions. Titus 3:8 says, This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men. Important for a president; wouldn’t you say?
History teaches that all of the early presidents deeply believed the Bible, whether they practiced the principles in their own lives or not. They understood that America “worked” because of Biblical truths put into practice. It was common knowledge that God blessed America.
Kings and presidents are put into power by God. Committed Christians may find that to be an inconvenient truth. What was God thinking when __ ?___ (You fill in the blank.) was allowed to rule from the Oval Office? God makes no mistakes and allows evil men to rise to power. Only God knows the whys. His ways are perfect, and his thoughts are higher than mine. This I know, for the Bible tells me so.
I did not support the beliefs and policies of our last president, though I deeply wanted him to be good, to succeed. He became what he was because of influences in his life and choices he made. Life on earth is not the “endgame” and one day we all have to give an account. We are all given gifts and abilities and it is our responsibility to use them wisely, and to the glory of God. President Barack Obama was a gifted communicator with a winsome personality. I will never forget the speech he gave at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. I was in my mother’s living room and I watched spellbound. I knew I was hearing an important speech and told everyone I knew that this man will do something big. He did. Within 15 years, he became president of the United States, served 2 terms, then left the White House keys to our current president’s family. My observations were that he did not use his God-given abilities in a God honoring way. Others disagree because of the influences in their life.
Today, I honor our president, Donald J. Trump. Like me, he is a work in progress, but I believe he is headed in the right direction. It is my deep belief that he was born for this time in our nation’s history. He is a man of strength and adheres to his beliefs and values. He is a man of dogged determination. Our president is a scrapper and a fighter, and I believe he fights for us. He fights for America. President Trump knows and respects the Judeo-Christian history of America. I do not agree with everything our president does nor the way he does it, but my thinking does not make him wrong. I trust his motives and intend to continue supporting him.
One of the most refreshing things about our president today is that he does not deny the presence and the power of God – that put him into the presidency. His words and actions regarding Israel are a great thing. The vast majority of the world hates Israel vehemently and they really don’t know why; their words portray their lack of historical knowledge. Not knowing or believing the Scriptures puts them in a precarious predicament. Sadly, The default position of many Christians is disdain for these lost and angry souls. Jesus looked upon them and he was moved with compassion. (the thought from Matthew 9:36) They have no Shepherd.
Let us remember our presidents today, pray for the one we have and if we must, run out to buy a mattress at a great price! Enjoy your day!
I have embraced crying mothers who have lost their children because our politicians put their personal agendas before the national good. I have no patience for injustice, no tolerance for government incompetence, no sympathy for leaders who fail their citizens. Donald J. Trump, 45th president of the United States of America
A favor: If you have read a particularly good book about a president of the United States or written by one of our presidents please tell me about it. I am particularly interested in books that were enjoyable to read, while retaining truth.