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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.