Presidents’ Day 2011 appears to be very typical. Yes, it came to us as scheduled. Yes, we did have traditional Presidents’ Day weather, including the snow canceling school for us. Even though many might think of this as just a normal day to enjoy and use as needed there is a purpose behind this day.
As a collective democratic society we have agreed that a day should be set aside to honor the leaders of our country. It is more than just George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Though they were great men they still had their flaws. It is not the men, per se, that we honor this day but it is the office they held and the leadership that they provided to this God blessed nation.
We as a collective democratic society recognize the value of leadership and authority. On this day we pay our respect to that authority. Some might try to diminish the value of authority but it has been given to us for our own good. We are blessed to have an authority structure over us and over our nation. It is that authority structure that protects us and keeps us safe. Today we do honor that authority structure.
But, let’s give honor where honor is due. From where does authority come? Remember that famous quote, “A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.” Again those words, “Thou could have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above,” help us remember where all power and authority come from.
Did our presidents believe this? Do you remember who said these words?
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
“Done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven and of the Independence of the United States of America the Twelfth. In Witness whereof We have hereunto subscribed our Names.”
The above three quotes come from our Declaration of Independence, The Gettysburg Address, and our United States Constitution. Each of these historic documents recognizes that it is our Creator and Lord to whom we owe our respect and honor.
Therefore, today, Presidents’ Day 2011, we do hereby honor and show respect to all those in authority above us: Presidents and Higher.