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HERE’S WHAT EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT
Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence were sworn in as the 45th president and 48th vice president of the United States, Friday, Jan. 20.
In an Inauguration ceremony marked by the prayers of Christian leaders like Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, Pastor Paula White, and Evangelist Franklin Graham, the new president and vice president took the Oath of Office before the assembled crowd. In attendance were former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, accompanied by their spouses, and, now former, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Former President George H.W. Bush, who was admitted to a hospital in Houston, Texas for pneumonia, was not able to attend the Inauguration. He is still in the hospital’s intensive care unit but is recovering, a spokesman said.
President Trump’s Inauguration Address — which he wrote himself — was marked by a call for unity, and it included Biblical references.
“When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The Bible tells us, ‘How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.’ We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity,” said President Trump. “When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.”
In fact, President Trump went on to say that every American is “infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.”
The next day, America’s new president and vice president, alongside their families, attended the National Prayer Service at the capital’s historic National Cathedral. A host of Evangelical pastors and leaders, including Dr. Ronnie Floyd, Dr. David Jeremiah, Evangelist Greg Laurie, and Dr. Jack Graham, delivered prayers, benedictions, and invocations, asking God’s blessing on America and the new administration.
It’s the dawn of a new administration, and, although the future remains opaque, we can be assured that prayer is playing a central role in this new chapter of America’s history.
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN PRAY
We all know the Bible commands us to pray for and honor our leaders (1 Timothy 2:2, 1 Peter 2:17, Romans 13:1), but how often do we actually do these things? We might pray for our country during a tumultuous election year, but what about the time in-between—the quiet, seemingly uneventful days where the ordinary work of running the country takes place? As Christians, we should pray for our leaders every day, and not just for the big decisions they make, but also for their families, their relationship with their staff, and their personal spiritual and emotional well-being.
Make a commitment today to pray daily for our new president and vice president. It might be during the quiet, unseeming days, when they need our prayers most.
HERE’S THE GOOD YOU CAN DO TODAY
In his Inaugural Address, President Trump quoted Psalm 133:1, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” Scripture further tells us that “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand” (Mark 3:25).
Perhaps one of the places where disunity is most evident in America is social media. Online platforms like Facebook and Twitter have become opinion battlegrounds, driving wedges between friends and even family members. Yet the power of speaking ill or good is, literally, at the tip of our fingers. Before you publish a post or make comment, think about your purpose for doing so: Is it to bring unity, further understanding of an issue, or to add more fuel to a divide? We must remember that at the end of the day what matters most is not to win an argument; what matters most is people.
This week, think twice before posting online—it could avoid an unnecessary fight or argument. And if the issue is truly important to you, you can talk about it face to face with your family and friends.
Till next Monday,