“And so I beg you, first of all, to make supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings for all me, for kings, and for all who are in high places, so that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all piety and chastity.”
ERA OF GOOD FEELING
Nothing really exciting happened during the eight year administration of President James Monroe. In fact, things were so quiet they called it the “Era of Good Feeling.” And when he decided to run for a second term in 1820, Monroe received 231 of 232 electoral votes. However, out of this quiet administration came the famous Monroe Doctrine which has helped preserve our peace and property throughout the years.
There are some who say that the test of a great president is when there is time of trouble. However, it would seem a truly great president is one who keeps us out of trouble which is just what James Monroe did.
Here Paul, is writing to the young pastor of Ephesus, and he seems to suggest this idea when he admonished him and the Christians to strive for peace and freedom from trouble. Then he goes on to mention: “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.” (1 Timothy 2:3) We have lived in turmoil for so long that we think peace might be boring. That is so wrong. Far more can actually be accomplished during time of peace than during time of war.
In a troubled world such as ours, it would be a good thing for Christians to pledge themselves to an “Era of Good Feeling”. By doing this, we will be able to attract others to us and to our Christ. Paul suggests this can be done through prayer. He said: “I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.” (1 Timothy 2:8)