Presidents’ Day

Mount Rushmore National Memorial


Dr. Lewis Gregory


Governments and leaders are God’s provision to provide structure and order among us according to the Holy Bible, in Romans 13:1. “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”

Presidents’ Day is a national holiday in the United States of America. What is the purpose of this national holiday? Presidents’ Day was originally marked to commemorate the birthdays of the first president, George Washington, and the 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. Today Presidents’ Day includes all of our Presidents.

Presidents’ Day affords the citizens of the US an opportunity to pay tribute to each of the presidents who have served this great country. The attitude we should have toward our Presidents should be much like that described in the traditional marriage vows, “for better or for worse.” Some of our Presidents have been better, and unfortunately some have been worse. But it could be worse, much worse!

Consider the alternative. Just take a brief look at the history of the nations of the world, their leaders and the condition of each country compared to that of the United States. Or simply examine the world conditions today. It should become evident that we would be in a terrible situation in the US were it not for the governmental structure provided by the Constitution of the United States. Our Constitution grants us three branches of government: the Executive Branch with the President to preside over the affairs of our country, the Legislative Branch composed of Senators and Representatives to establish the laws necessary to govern our country, and the Judicial Branch with Supreme Court Justices to interpret and uphold the law in keeping with the US Constitution.

However, history also shows us that countries can, and do change, often for the worse. God has provided a solution. He tells us the way to preserve and improve our liberty is not by murmuring and complaining, but by praying and being thankful. “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior” (1 Timothy 2:1-3).

So, on this Presidents’ Day, take a moment to thank the Good Lord for the type of government that we have in the USA, which affords us freedom and prosperity greater than any other country. And then pray for our President and our government leaders that they would function as true public servants. Pray that they would adhere to the laws of the land. Pray that they would oversee our country in a fair and responsible manner, which is in the best interest of the American people. 2/18/2019

Prayers for the President and the nation.

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