Summary: The President’s position has great responsibilities attributed to it. It speaks to how our own Christian walk should show forth the faithfulness and character of Christ.
THE PRESIDENT’S P. O. S. T.
( ROM. 13.1-7 )
13:1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.
OUR PRESIDENT IS THE HEAD OF THE STATE AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES, AS WELL AS THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, RESPONSIBLE FOR CARRYING OUT THE LAW.
WE ARE REMEMBERING 2 OF OUR GREATEST PRESIDENTS THIS WEEKEND, GEORGE WASHINGTON AND ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
GEORGE WASHINGTON WAS BORN ON FEB. 22, 1732 AND BECAME OUR FIRST PRESIDENT ON APRIL 30TH, 1789.
HE WAS COMMANDER AND CHIEF OF THE CONTINENTAL ARMY IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION AND IS CALLED THE FATHER OF OUR COUNTRY.
HE WAS BORN INTO A WEALTHY FAMILY AND LIVED A GOOD LIFE AND BECAME A MILITARY OFFICER AND COMMANDER AND WAS GREATLY USED BY GOD TO BRING FREEDOM TO OUR COUNTRY.
HE SERVED 2 TERMS AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS BORN ON FEBRUARY 12TH, 1809 IN A LOG CABIN IN THE STATE OF KENTUCKY. HE WAS SELF-EDUCATED AND WORKED AS A STOREKEEPER, A SURVEYOR, AND A POSTMASTER WHILE HE WAS STUDYING LAW.
IN 1860 HE BECAME PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND LED OUR COUNTRY IN A TIME OF GREAT TURMOIL AND PAIN.
IT IS GENERALLY AGREED THAT ABRAHAM LINCOLN HANDLED THE VAST PROBLEMS OF THE CIVIL WAR WITH SKILL AND VIGOR. HE HAD TO FACE GREAT OPPOSITION WITH THOSE ON THE OUTSIDE AND EVEN MORE OPPOSITION AND HATRED FROM THOSE IN HIS OWN CABINET.
THAT IS WHY HE PRAYED FOR WISDOM REALIZING HIS OWN WEAKNESS AND LACK OF WISDOM THAT WAS NEEDED IN THE TIME OF NATIONAL CRISIS SUCH AS THE CIVIL WAR BROUGHT TO THE COUNTRY.
HOW DOES THE PRESIDENT’S POST SPEAK TO US ? HOW DOES THE PRESIDENT’S POST SPEAK TO US AS INDIVIDUALS?
IN OUR PASSAGE OF SCRIPTURE THAT WE READ AT THE BEGINNING I NOTICED THAT THE BIBLE SPOKE ABOUT OUR GOVERNMENT LEADERSHIP AS:
- THE HIGHER POWERS
( WE ARE SUBJECT TO THEM )
- ORDAINED OF GOD
( POWERS ARE OF GOD )
( FOR THE GOOD AND THE BAD )
- MINISTERS OF GOD
( FOR OUR GOOD IF WE ARE DOING GOOD
AND FOR OUR JUDGMENT IF WE
ARE EVIL )
THE PRESIDENT’S P. O.S.T. SPEAKS TO ALL OF
US BECAUSE THIS HIGH POSITION IS:
- PROVIDENTIAL - SPIRITUAL
- OFFICIAL - TEMPORAL
THIS IS THE SAME HIGH CALLING THAT GOD
HAS ORDAINED FOR EVERY PERSON!!!
THE PRESIDENT’S POST IS:
* PROVIDENTIAL ( DESTINY )
( ORDAINED BY GOD - BY THE WILL OF GOD - GUIDED BY GOD )
( TO FORESEE - TO HAVE FORESIGHT )
Forethought and foresight imply a future end, a goal and a definite purpose and plan for attaining that end . The word "providence" has come to be used...to signify that preparation, care, and supervision which are necessary to secure a desired future result ...
NOT SO MUCH THE PERSON BUT THE POSITION. HOWEVER, THE PERSON WHO FILLS THE POSITION OF PRESIDENT AT ANY TIME WOULD BE THERE BY THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD!!!
"For He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil." - 1 Pe 3:10-12
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.