Today, January 20th, is Inauguration Day here in our country, a day to celebrate the peaceful transition of power from one president to another. I have 3 important Biblical principles that apply to this grand occasion:
FIRST, THANK GOD FOR OUR FREEDOM IN AMERICA.
We are blessed to be living in a nation that stands for freedom and individual liberty. Our forefathers wisely understood that these liberties are God-given, not derived from the government. One of those precious liberties is the right to vote for our political leaders, and our President in particular. We should never take that freedom for granted. What a blessing it is to live in the United States of America.
SECOND, HONOR THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENCY
There are those who are boycotting this inauguration because they do not agree with the President-elect politically. But they are missing the point. Even if you can't support the man, you are commanded in Scripture to support the office, or the position of the presidency. The Bible says we are to "Honor the king" (or, in our case, the President). See I Pet. 2:17. Another passage says this: "Honor them who have the rule over you" (Heb. 13:17). Those of us who did not like the policies of our previous President nevertheless found ourselves accepting the election results (2008, 2012) and supporting the institution of the presidency. We understood the Biblical teaching that "the powers that be are ordained of God" (Rom. 13:1). Every president who was ever elected came into office because of the sovereign will of God (see Dan. 4:17, 25, 32). We don't have to LIKE our President, but we must HONOR him.
THIRD, PRAY FOR OUR NEW PRESIDENT
In I Tim. 2:1-2 we read these words: "I exhort therefore that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men. For kings, and for all that are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life". I believe that verse is the most important principle that applies to us on this inauguration day! And there are certain specific things we should pray for in respect to our new President:
1. His Safety. I am sure there are those who hate him to such a degree that they would try to kill him. Pray for God's protection.
2. His Decisions. We are told in the Bible that "if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God" (James 1:5). We should pray that our new President has wisdom from God. Part of that wisdom is surrounding one's self with good counselors (advisors). "There is wisdom in a multitude of counselors" (Prov. 24:6).
3. His Success. Every true American should want our new President to succeed in the goals of bringing both peace and prosperity to our land. On this Inauguration Day, let us wish our new President all the success he can possibly achieve for the sake of our country.