Pastor Dave’s Lenten Blog – 2/19/2018
Happy Presidents Day! This is a newer holiday. Growing up we always had both Washington’s Birthday and Lincoln’s Birthday as holidays. Since they added MLK day they combined these two into one. I don’t really know as much about George Washington, but Abraham Lincoln has been a great favorite. When thinking about the Presidents, this passage from Romans speaks to the honor given these Presidents.
This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. (Romans 13:6-7)
My favorite spot in Washington, D.C. is the Lincoln Memorial. I have gone through it many times on runs around the Capital (my favorite place to go on a lengthy run). The steps remind me a little of the Rocky steps and the perspective you get looking bask toward the Washington Monument. What is really powerful are the two speeches written inside the Memorial; the Gettysburg Address, and the Second Inaugural Address. Both of these speeches are short and to the point. The one that always hit me with power was the second Inaugural because it sought to make peace in peoples hearts as the Civil war was about to end. A great deal of the peacemaking needed to be done was by those in the victorious northern states. Lasting peace needs to come about in the heart and that is just what that speech tries to accomplish. I know Lincoln got that kind of insight into forgiveness from Jesus. For Jesus is the one who brings a peace that lasts forever, and that cannot ever be taken away.
In Christ’s Service,