This morning, we watched the Inauguration of the 45th President of the United States.
As we do every 4 years, we watched history being made.
I have watched every Presidential Inauguration of my adult life (in addition to several before I was of legal voting age). And, since becoming a mom, my children have watched with me.
I am not proud to be an American. I amÂ thankful. And, I want to myÂ children to understandÂ theÂ blessing of the freedoms we have been given, and toÂ be grateful for the privilege that it is to grow up in this country.
Over the years, I have watched the Inauguration of Presidents that I have voted for, agreed with, or was happy to see take office. I have also watched the inauguration of Presidents that I disagreed with, did not vote for, and did not want in office.
But, I have never once feared a violent, militaristic, governmentalÂ take over. I have never once feared a total disregard for the transfer of power. I have never feared a brutal and unjust tyrannical regime.
Maybe I should. But, I haven’t.
We have been blessed with peace, with security, and with freedoms unknown in most of the world. Regardless of who our President has been. Regardless of whether or not we deserved it.
The majority of the campaign season,Â through election night, and evenÂ up to theÂ inaugurationÂ itself,Â has beenÂ frustrating, disappointing,Â and divisive, on so many levels.
But, today was a day of ceremony, tradition, and patriotism. We once againÂ witnessedÂ a respectful,Â peaceful transfer of power. From one political party to another.Â We heardÂ lofty promises, andÂ were painted a picture of anÂ administration that would beÂ vastly different from the oneÂ preceding it.Â Â And yet, we witnessed several of our country’s past leaders, of differingÂ convictions andÂ political affiliations,Â sit side by side, to witness the inauguration of this country’s newest leader.
President Trump may not have been your choice. (He wasn’t mine.)Â But,Â as the President, heÂ deserves our respect.
But, even more than that, he needs our prayers.
After the Inauguration Ceremony concluded, we took some time to pray for our country, and its leaders. We prayedÂ that the Lord would graciously grantÂ wisdom, discernment, integrity,Â and humility toÂ President Trump and Vice President Pence, as they seek to lead a deeply divided country. We prayed for their protection. We prayed for the men and women they have chosen, and surrounded themselves with, who will advise, counsel, and help to lead this country. But, most of all, we prayed that their hearts that would beÂ softened to theÂ truth of Scripture, and forÂ genuine repentance and salvation.
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. (Romans 13:1-5)