Lost Episode for December 28

President Woodrow Wilson was born on December 28, 1856 in Staunton, Virginia. The son of a Presbyterian pastor and academic, Woodrow was graduated from Princeton University, where he eventually became a Professor and then President. He became the only United States President with a Ph.D. In “The Road Away from Revolution,” published in the August 1923 edition of Atlantic Monthly, Wilson wrote: “The sum of the whole matter is this, that our civilization cannot survive materially unless it be redeemed spiritually. It can be saved only by becoming permeated with the spirit of Christ and being made free and happy by the practices which spring out of that spirit.”* Regardless of what is thought of his progressive views, Woodrow Wilson’s spiritual opinions are a lost episode in American history. Read and Reflect: Read John 3:1-8 and reflect on the contrast Jesus makes between flesh and spirit and compare that with President Wilson’s statement. Prayer: Heavenly Father, we acknowledge with President Wilson that our civilization cannot survive materially unless it is redeemed spiritually. Help us to work toward those ends, in Jesus’ Name, Amen. *Source Citation: Arthur S. Link, ed., Papers of Woodrow Wilson, 68 vols., (Princeton, NJ: University Press, 1966-94), 68:395.

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