From 1789 to date, in a total of 230 years America has chosen forty-five presidents. Each of them was charged with leading our nation and therefore was our duly elected leader whether we agreed with them or not. Libraries and history books are filled with their achievements as well as their failures. America’s Presidents will be eternally attached to the history of this nation as an individual and are judged by their records in office.
Some served during turbulent times of war, both internal and external, and some lead us through hard times as well as the good. Each of them found a way to lead us through. Some were judged more favorable than others. Even though their job description is specified in our constitution, their personal character played a major role in how it was executed. Realizing the fate of every citizen was in their hands weighed heavily upon them all. Ultimately it was God who entrusted the care of each of His souls to their temporary custody.
From the birth of the nation up until now this country has gone through many growing pains. The mistakes of the past were steppingstones from which to grow. Our Presidents played a vital role in the nation’s successes and failures. So far forty-five men have taken an oath of office as specified in Article II, Section One; Clause 8 of the United States Constitution.
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. (optional) So help me God.”
Neither the Bible nor swearing to God was required by the constitution but most Presidents placed their hand on the Bible to take this solemn oath acknowledging that there was a higher power ultimately controlling the office of the presidency. Most understood that they were tasked to watch over God’s people while they served in office.
Understanding the enormity of the responsibility that comes with the position should coerce only the highest of human attributes. Not only are they the Commander-n-chief over the entire US government, they are also entrusted with protecting and defending an entire nation. Such power is only given to the brave and the few therefore the highest of moral integrity is demanded of them.
The Presidency should not be taken lightly. Such a person should pray often; humbling themselves before God… seeking His divine guidance knowing that He will judge them for what they do, and for what they do not do. Those who are considering taking on this most prestigious position should understand the scripture: “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Luke 12:48: Therefore God will judge each of them according to the measure that He has given them.
As we ponder over the future of our nation we also have a significant role to play. Our elections carry serious consequences therefore we shouldn’t take our voting rights lightly. Just as one rotten apple can destroy an entire barrel of apples, one bad choice of presidents can literally set our nation back from the gains we have made over centuries. For this reason we must be impeccable with our choices knowing what is at stake. With so many hot spots all around the globe, one wrong move could set off several wars. Our Commander-n-chief must be able to manage the sparks and keep our nation out of harm’s way.
Think of the qualities we deem appropriate in order to become the next leader of the free world. How will they serve our nation and make us more prosperous and respected at home and abroad? Will he or she set an example worthy of inspiring future generations? Does this person have a compassionate heart with the ability to care for all the people?
The President should understand that the office of the presidency belongs to the people. To abuse even the least of them is an offense against God. So far there have been 45 men, all white except one, yet still they were elected to represent the welfare of all citizens of all races, all genders, all ages, cultures, religions, political preferences and other differences. They must be willing to surrender their personal ambitions and instead place the needs of the country above any personal gains. This requires the characteristics of humility, humbleness and a spirit of servitude, and gratitude to the people they serve.
Not everyone alike has what it takes to become our President. Every decision he or she makes can alter the lives of billions of citizens both at home and abroad. The world has become a much more dangerous place with many countries having the ability to reach out and cause unthinkable harm upon others. The person we elect to become our future Commander-n-Chief must be impeccable in all area of human capabilities. We need someone who is reliable, dependable, trustworthy, honest, decent, compassionate, intelligent, kind, generous, moralistic, respectful and someone who we feel will do everything within his or her powers to protect and defend all its' citizens.
Now that we see what is possible if we do not get involved, everyone who is capable should not assume that others would make your decision for you. If you stay at home knowing what is at stake then look at the possible harm one bad apple can cause to our country. The future of our children and our way of life is at hand. GET OUT AND VOTE…GET INVOLVED IN YOUR COMMUNITIES…DON’T COUNT ON OTHERS TO DO WHAT YOU SHOULD BE DOING YOURSELF. The fate of our nation is at hand! Think of our children, their children, and the children of their children…GET OUT AND VOTE! YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!