When thinking of President’s Day, two focal figures come to mind, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. There are other good presidents; but most Americans tend to think of Washington’s integrity, honesty, and the role he played in forming this great nation. Some people think of Lincoln’s push for liberty and how he transformed this nation; yet others might include Ronald Reagan among this list of greats – a president focused on diminishing the power of the federal government while encouraging patriotism once more.
A few of the things which have made great presidents is their looking to the Hand of Providence in the founding and building of this nation, having a high regard for God’s word with a desire to point others toward it, and a love for liberty. Although many presidents have done these things, reflect with me upon the words of just these past three.
Listen to George Washington, our first president and father of this nation as he acknowledged the Sovereignty of God: “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.”
Hear him recognize the important role God and His Word play in successful government: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable.”
Oh, that our heart’s plea would echo his: “Oh, eternal and everlasting God, direct my thoughts, words and work. Wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the Lamb and purge my heart by Thy Holy Spirit. Daily, frame me more and more in the likeness of Thy son, Jesus Christ, that living in Thy fear, and dying in Thy favor, I may in thy appointed time obtain the resurrection of the justified unto eternal life. Bless, O Lord, the whole race of mankind and let the world be filled with the knowledge of Thee and Thy son, Jesus Christ.”
In thanksgiving Washington would call upon God for a national repentance and forgiveness: “We beseech [God] to pardon our national and other transgressions…” (Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789)
Our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, echoed our first as he acknowledged the Creator’s Hand of Providence: “And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God … and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.”
Here his great regard for God’s Word: “In regards to this great Book (the Bible), I have but to say it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this Book. But for it we could not know right from wrong. All things most desirable for man’s welfare, here and hereafter, are found portrayed in it.”
He, like Washington, brought this nation to prayer and repentance: “Whereas, the Senate of the United States, devoutly recognizing the Supreme Authority and just Government of Almighty God, in all the affairs of men and of nations, has, by a resolution, requested the President to designate and set apart a day for National prayer and humiliation…”
Even our 40th president, Ronald Reagan, would point us to the Sovereignty of God: “Can we doubt that only a Divine Providence placed this land, this island of freedom, here as a refuge for all those people in the world who yearn to breathe freely.”
Reagan held God’s Word in high regard and encouraged the nation as a whole to read AND STUDY it: “Inside the Bible’s pages lie the answers to all the problems that mankind has ever known. I hope Americans will read and study the Bible.”
This same president pushed for prayer to be allowed back in schools during his Radio Address to the Nation on February 25, 1984. If you take the time to read that transcript you won’t be sorry. He encouraged us to continually push for liberty because, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”
Were any of these men perfect? No, of course not, but they desired freedom and liberty for the American people and acknowledged God as the Giver of these freedoms.
Our current president denies our Creator and the Hand of Providence as he misquotes the Declaration of Independence, omitting our “Creator.” Why not, since his party would like to remove “God” from their platform? He not only ignores our Creator but has called the United States “no longer a Christian nation.”
As Senator Obama, he made demeaning remarks about both the Bible and Christians who would follow the word of God.
He has been labeled “America’s Most Biblically-Hostile U.S. President” by Wall Builders, an organization dedicated to presenting America’s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on the moral, religious, and constitutional foundation on which America was built. To read their article and proofs click here.
He has done his best to ignore, re-interpret and replace the highest law of the land at every turn, the Constitution of the United States of America. Perhaps it is time that we follow Lincoln’s words which are found on the Lincoln Memorial: “We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”
There are many who would like to see Psalm 109:8 come to fruition, “Let his days be few; and let another take his office;” but that is not the real problem. The heart of America is what is at stake here.
I fear by the time this president is out of office so much damage will be done and America will have become so infiltrated with Islamism, socialism, secularism, and anything goes “sexualism,” that we will be in too much trouble to regain our senses, our freedoms, or our country. It will only be by the grace of God that we would ever find our moral compass or the “truth north” of liberty. As we kill our own children, embrace homosexuality, and embrace the oppression of the poor, as we deny the Creator and cling to the thought that NOTHING could bring about what the God of all the universe has designed and created, as we call good ‘evil’ and evil ‘good’ and continue to poke a stick in God’s eye with our political stances and platforms, I fear we shall be the recipients of His judgment rather than His grace. True revival is our only hope.
Unless we (God’s people) will humble ourselves, we shall be humbled by Him. Unless we pray (seeking His will and His holiness, not asking for a rubber stamp of approval upon our own) we shall be the prey of the holy Lion of Judah. Unless we truly seek His face instead of seeking our own desires, we will be lost in the dark only to find that He has turned His back instead of His face on us. Unless we turn from our wicked ways (REPENT) there will be no salvation for us nor the United States.
It’s only in doing these four things that we shall find the blessed three-fold promise that GOD will hear our prayers, forgive our sin, and HEAL OUR LAND!
It is God that tries the reins of man’s heart and gives to us what we truly desire. Unless we as a nation turn away from our sin we shall indeed reap the whirlwind.