The meaning of Presidents Day may have largely been forgotten. Should it remind us of certain significant things?
[Steve Myers] What does Presidents Day mean to you? It is Presidents Day here in America and many people have forgotten what Presidents Day is all about. Most people just seem to think it's a day off. It's extra time with the family. I don't have to go to work. I can relax.
[Darris McNeely] Or time to go buy new furniture.
[Steve Myers] Yeah, time to shop. Time to do other things that you just want to do rather than really reflect on what Presidents Day is really all about. Do you know?
[Darris McNeely] Most people really don't. It used to be something that was separated here in February, Lincoln's birthday, Washington's birthday. A few years ago it was combined into one, became a federal holiday. And, like so many other days on the American calendar, it's become a big holiday, an excuse for just whatever people need to do, but not really understanding why and the reasons behind.
[Steve Myers] I was talking to a couple of people this morning and they couldn't name the presidents that the day was supposed to honor. And so I was a little bit surprised by that, that we've forgotten that and forgotten really some of the history of the United States.
[Darris McNeely] Let's take the opportunity on Presidents Day in the United States to reflect about what the Bible says about our relationship and our attitude toward leadership, no matter who they are, in what nation, what country, at any time. In 1 Timothy chapter 2 the Apostle Paul wrote this, he said as he was writing to the members, "I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is a good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth" (1 Timothy 2:1-4). So the Apostle Paul, the Bible, encourages us to pray for all people in authority—for kings and leaders—that they would have the wisdom to make the right decisions so that all peoples, regardless of their political persuasion, prosper underneath. But most of all, I think Steve, as well, so that really the work of God may be able to have the opportunity to be disseminated and given wherever it needs to be given.
[Steve Myers] One of the ideas behind Presidents Day is just that—that, where do our blessings come from? Why do we have these wonderful opportunities, especially here in the United States, Australia, Canada, places like this? We have been amazingly blessed and it is because of the blessings of God that He's poured out upon us. So, let's not forget that on Presidents Day and pray for those who are in leadership so that we can continue to honor and praise God and give Him the thanks for the wonderful blessings He's given us.
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