In his inaugural address on March 5, 1877, Rutherford B. Hayes, the nineteenth president of the United States (1877-1881), stated the following:
“Looking for the guidance of that Divine Hand by which the destines of nations and individuals are shaped, I call upon you, Senators, Representatives, judges, fellow citizens, here and everywhere, to unite with me in an earnest effort to secure to our country the blessings, not only of material property, but of justice, peace, and union – a union depending not upon the constraint of force but upon the loving devotion of a free people; and that all things may be so ordered and settled upon the best and surest foundations that peace and happiness, truth and justice, religion and piety, may be established among us for all generations.”
This week the citizens of the United States of America will have the opportunity to cast their vote and participate in their role as citizens helping determine the leadership of the country. I encourage you to participate in this process as you cast your ballot on Tuesday and at each opportunity citizens are called upon to elect or decide governmental issues. Engage in the political process as much as you desire, but always pray for our governmental leaders. May they seek God’s wisdom and work for the good of all. In Micah 6:8 we are called to live justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God and man. This applies to individuals and the people as a whole. May we elect leaders who exhibit these traits in word and deed. May we remember to pray for them daily after they are elected.
“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” – 1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NASB)
“For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice, and He preserves the way of His godly ones. Then you will discern righteousness and justice and equity and every good course. For wisdom will enter your heart and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; discretion will guard you, understanding will watch over you.” – Proverbs 2:6-11 (NASB)
May God bless America as we seek His wisdom to elect leaders who will listen to His voice.
May God bless you as you listen to His voice daily,
Director of Church Services / Assistant Professor of Religion / Assistant Director of Ministry Guidance