This week we celebrate the life and legacy of George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States. I never knew Bush the Elder on a personal level, but met him during the 1980’s. President Bush was an honorable man who served his family and country faithfully.
When I think of him, the character qualities of humility, loyalty and civility come to mind. These and many other traits are marvelously expounded in the Bible’s “Wisdom Book”–Proverbs.
If “imitation is the greatest form of admiration,” then we would do well to follow our former president’s example by re-discovering the moral power of the book of Proverbs.
After all, a proverb a day keeps sin away.
Is it just me, or is the presence and power of evil more rampant these days?
Shadowy forces (Deep State) work at a feverish pitch to try and take down a duly elected president (Donald Trump). China monitors the “social credits” of its people and clamps down harshly on people of faith. Migrants attempt to crash our southern border, financed by millions of dollars in leftist funding.
The list is endless due modern technology broadcasting 24/7 before our eyes–worldwide.
I know there’s always been evil in the world since the Fall. But, is it being unleashed in greater proportions in the 21st century, and who might be its largest human purveyor?
Thanksgiving is a uniquely American “holy day” that arose out of the deep faith of our spiritual ancestors–the Pilgrims–who came to these shores in November of 1620. Other nations celebrate it (like Canada to the north), and Israel enjoyed many holidays that were used to give gratitude to God.
But our American Thanksgiving is different. It came from a community of New Testament believers who not only grasped the importance of thanking God in all things, but experienced a providential act they never forgot.