JMPC Sunshine 11.20.2020

Several of the United States Presidents have given what we would call “Farewell Addresses”. Each one generally described what happened during the President’s term of office and included warnings about dangers that the country faced. The most famous farewell address was given by our first President, George Washington. Washington had a good bit of history to recount but also warned American citizens to view themselves as a cohesive unit and avoid political parties. His was so powerful and memorable that the next President to give ne was Andrew Jackson. Jackson recounted the growth of the Union and the flourishing of the country. but warned of the growing dangers of sectionalism and of a shadowy “money power,” represented by banks and corporations, that threatened the liberties of ordinary citizens. After Old Hickory, it wasn’t until Harry Truman that we saw the next one. Dwight Eisenhower gave perhaps the second most famous address where he warned of the “military industrial complex”. George W. Bush opened his farewell address by calling the election of his successor, Barack Obama, “a moment of hope and pride for our whole nation.” Farewell addresses are nothing new. There are even Biblical examples. Moses gave one. We call it the book of Deuteronomy. But perhaps the most famous Biblical farewell address (at least in the Old Testament) was given by Joshua. It, like the ones listed above, was full of history and included warnings about the future. It, like those listed above, was intended to inspire to greater things. So, what was it Joshua said? Does it speak to us today? Come and hear about it this week in the parking lot or on Facebook at John McMillan Presbyterian Church when Pastor Jeff preaches, “Whom Do We Serve?” We will look forward to seeing you (virtually) then.