Student Analyzes Washington’s Decision To Serve Only Two Terms
The Principle Approach® to education focuses on consistent and ordered teaching and learning. The goal is to build a student’s Christian character and sense of self-government, Christian scholarship, and Biblical reasoning for lifelong learning and discipleship.
As Christians, the Principle Approach helps us mature in the knowledge of God (His purposes and ways), preparing us to advance the Kingdom of Christ to the uttermost parts of the earth. As American Christians, the Principle Approach enables us to discern the biblical principles of government upon which our nation was founded, thereby empowering us to restore what has been systematically dismantled over generations.
Below is an example of biblical reasoning the comes from a Principle Approach education. This eighth-grade student was challenged to evaluate whether or not George Washington’s decision to serve only two terms as President was a wise one.
Wise or Foolish Decision – Presidential Decision Analyzed
George Washington Does Not Serve a Third Term
By: Kate Warfel, Grade 8
When George Washington was elected president, he served only two terms. Since he was the first president of the US, he had the option to serve a third term if he wanted, but he resigned instead. This action would be considered wise. This is because George Washington set the standards for the rest of the history of the US. This decision was very wise because he was not selfish or power hungry, and he let someone else lead our nation. He thought ahead and realized that over time, no matter who was in office, they could eventually abuse their power and that it would be better to have a new person in office every several years. This decision did render its desired results because it set the standards for our nation just as he intended. I believe that his decision was morally correct because in Romans 12:3 it tells us not to think highly of ourselves and to use sound judgment. I believe this is what George Washington did. He put public service over personal gain. The biblical principle that was being upheld that made it wise is that George Washington knew that we are all sinful people and we are prone to abuse the power that we do have. George Washington made a wise decision when he chose to serve two terms as our nation’s leader.
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