I'm celebrating the Presidency today!
The Presidency of George Washington! On Thursday, April 30, 1789 the General gave his first inaugural address in the city of New York.
The speech is lengthy, personal and lofty!
He closes his address with these words:
"I shall take my present leave, but not without resorting once more to the benign Parent of the Human Race in humble supplication that, since HE has been pleased to favor the American people with opportunities for deliberating in perfect tranquility, and dispositions for deciding with unparalleled unanimity on a form of government for the security of their union and the advancement of their happiness, so HIS divine blessing may be equally conspicuous in the enlarged views, the temperate consultations and the wise measure on which the success of this Government must depend."
Yes, George prayed! Amazing, isn't it? He acknowledged that it was GOD who fathered the entire human race and it was GOD that favored the American people with their new form of Government. One which would help the people be secure and create a climate for happiness. He prayed that God's blessings would be obvious, for the success of the new Government would depend upon HIM!
Yes, we've come a long way baby!
Now we're arguing whether the Bible should even be present at the modern day ceremony!
And today, January 20, 2013, former AR Governor Mike Huckabee has called for this day to be one of prayer. He's receiving lots of flak for that one!
We've just about removed God from every public square, discussion and debate in the name of political correctness. And then we wonder why our culture is going to "hell in a hand-basket."
George's prayers did not prevent the problems that the US experienced after that day in New York, but overall we've had a pretty long run. The US has survived wars and rumors of wars, assassinations, natural disasters and plagues. Now, I don't know if the Republic will survive for my grandchildren, some smart folks predict it won't. History tells us that such a government normally lasts aout 200 years before it destroys itself from within. We're at 237 now!
I'm going to celebrate George's address anyway! Perhaps there's another young George out there that one day can rise above selfish gain, power and revenge and inspire the people to turn to their creator. Perhaps there will come a day when lofty speech will once again be understood and embraced. Perhaps an observation that is longer than 144 characters will be received.
Perhaps a crisis will come and THAT will turn us back to the Father of the Human Race.
Everyone agrees that the next few years are going to be difficult in many aspects.
Yes, we need GOD!
I agree with George Washington, without HIM, we don't have a prayer!