The First Inaugural Address
“Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.”
– James 1:16-18
I’ll admit it. I love reading about the lives of our founding fathers. I know every line to the musical “Hamilton”, I’ve seen the play on Disney+, and the book it’s based on is sitting on my shelf next to several other biographies about people who had a strong influence on our country. My favorite books sitting on that shelf is a two-volume set containing the manuscripts of every Presidential Inaugural Address ever made. Reading these speeches provides incredible insight into the public consciousness at the time of their delivery. This is why I particularly love reading the earliest addresses.
Near the beginning of the first-ever Inaugural Address, President George Washington said this:
“Such being the impressions under which I have, in obedience to the public summons, repaired to the present station, it would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official act my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, who presides in the councils of nations, and whose providential aid can supply every human defect, that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes, and may enable every instrument employed in its administration to execute with success the functions allotted to his charge. In tendering this homage to the Great Author of every public and private good, I assure myself that it expresses your sentiments not less than my own, nor those of my fellow-citizens at large less than either. No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States.”
Washington spelled it out for us. Do not be deceived. God is the Great Author of every public and private good. We owe not only our freedom as individuals saved by the blood of His precious Son, but we owe our freedom as a nation…and our freedom as worshippers…to the same Almighty Being and Invisible Hand spoke of in the second paragraph of our nation’s first Inaugural Address.
Brothers and sisters, do not be deceived. Every good gift and perfect gift is from above, given to us by THE Almighty Being who rules over the universe, THE Great Author of every public and private good, THE Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men, and THE One True God who sent His Son so that we might be free.
Pray: God, thank you for the good You have worked in my life. Help me to seek after You and give You the thanks for all that You do for me.
First Baptist Broken Arrow