April 6, 1917
One hundred years ago today, after repeated demands that Germany end its unrestricted submarine warfare on United States shipping and the publication of the Zimmerman Telegraph, the United States Congress formally declared war on Germany, marking America’s entrance into the Great War (World War I).
I want to say thank you to the soldiers who fought and gave their lives for our freedom. Though this was not the war to end all wars, your sacrifices were not in vane. You are all heroes.
I address not the person, but the office of President of the United States. As a student of history, I have watched you closely. You have changed much since George Washington took the oath. I have seen your power and esteem grow and diminish with the ebb of time. Through the moments of high praise and the low times filled with shame, you have remained steadfast. You’ve overcome the abuse and disgrace of Andrew Johnson and Richard Nixon, the corruption of Grant and Harding, the indiscretion of Clinton and Kennedy, and the disillusion of Buchanan and Carter.
Despite the failings of some, you must not forget the glory of others. Remember the expansion of liberty under Lincoln and L.B.J., the restoration of hope during F.D.R. and Reagan, the lessons of maturity under Madison and Teddy Roosevelt, the pushing of the frontiers by Polk and Kennedy, and the pride felt during Monroe and Eisenhower.
Forty-four men have held you and left their influence upon you, whether for good or ill. Yet even the least among them still upheld the integrity and esteem of the office, even resigning before allowing the office to suffer harm. Though the officeholder is not always esteemed in the eyes of the people, the respect for the office is always in our hearts. May the wisdom of God and His blessings always be upon the Office of President of the United States and may its holder remember the oath and the legacy of those before them. God bless America.
R. S. Gullett
An American Patriot
Holy Father in heaven, we come before You in humble adoration, recognizing Your wisdom, power, and sovereignty over all the Earth.
We confess that as a nation, citizens of the United States of America, we have sinned against You, our Lord. We have allowed our elected officials to enact laws that contradict Your will and Law. We have allowed apathy to enter the walls of Your churches and even our hearts. As followers of Christ, we have disobeyed your commands and failed to confront sin. It is because of this that we, as a nation, find ourselves in a time of great transition.
We have seen strife and confusion in our government and our political parties are plagued with infighting and devision. Often our candidates are plagued by the sins of their past and an unwillingness to acknowledge or repent of their failures and sins.
With such uncertainty, we turn to the only Person in whom we can be certain, God Almighty. We ask for Your guidance and divine intervention in this election. As Daniel 4:17b says “That the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind, And bestows it on whom He wishes And sets over it the lowliest of men.” (NASB). We ask that You, oh Lord, would be gracious and merciful upon the United States, and that You would give us the leaders that we need to lead us back to You and not give us the leaders that we deserve. In Jesus name, Amen.
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV)
It’s Christmas time again. The lights in the neighborhood are going up, the radio is playing songs and carols of the season, and I’ve brought down the tree and ornaments from the attic so the cats have something new to play with and tear up.
Yes, Christmas time is here, and along with all the other signs and festivities the television and outer forms of media remind us that season of gift giving has also arrived. Time to max out our credit cards and contribute to our expanding consumer culture.
Yet this Christmas season, I heard an interesting question asked on one of my favorite radio stations. So many times when asked what we would like for Christmas or Birthdays, our minds jump to items with a price tag. Yet if we dig a bit deeper and share our heart’s true desire, would our request be on some store shelf?
In our prayer lives, how often are we so fixed on the material things of this world that we forget to ask God for what truly matters?
I ask that you share something you want this Christmas; something dear and precious and that cannot be obtained with money.
I’ll go first. For my wife and I, the greatest gift we could receive this Christmas would be a child. (We’ve been trying for some time now and have not been successful…yet.)
So what’s yours? How can we pray for you this Christmas?