|Zachary Taylor, Public Domain, Source: Wikipedia|
Bible Reading: Ezekiel 14:1-14
It is a rare thing to find a politician that has Godly standards and upholds Godly principles, not just in this present day but in every period of history. Politicians are known for a lack of Godly principles to which they adhere, but oh how true this is for our day!
Today politicians are known more for sex scandals and compromise. But in our text we find three men: Noah, Daniel, and Job. All three were “politicians.” Noah had to be a “community leader.” So it was with Job, and we know of Daniel’s “political leadership” under Nebuchadnezzar and Darius. How refreshing it would be to have men of their faith and character as leaders today!
With politicians in mind, have you ever heard of President David Rice Atchison? Yes, I do mean president, like President of the United States.
Forget what the history books say. The 12th President of the United States was David Rice Atchison, a man so obscure that Chester A. Arthur seems a household word by comparison. At exactly 12 noon on March 4, 1849, Zachary Taylor was scheduled to succeed James Polk as chief executive. But March 4 was a Sunday and Taylor, a devout old general, refused to take the oath of office on the Sabbath. Thus, under the Succession Act of 1792, Missouri Senator Atchison, as President Pro Tempore of the Senate, automatically became president.
Now, President Zachary Taylor was not a perfect man, but he at least understood something that our current politicians seem to have forgotten, and that’s the importance of being in church on Sunday. As a matter of fact, I’m sure some of you reading this devotion need to learn that same lesson. I trust you will.
What to do:
✞ Pray for our politicians and be faithful to “God’s house.”
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