Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Day

I'm watching a convoy of limousines make their way to the U.S. Capitol. Throngs of American citizens line the streets, waving flags and cheering loudly. Even from my 16-inch television, the excitement of the crowd is contagious. My heart is full as I watch history unfolding. The fact that such a transfer of power can happen peacefully is awesome to consider. I don't think we comprehend how rare this truly is.

Last week, Seth had a timely memory verse -- Romans 13:1-2:
Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished.

While we may have voted differently last November and hold conflicting opinions about the direction this new administration may take our country, we need to remember what God has said in His Word. Our new President is in a position of authority because God has placed him there. God is in control.

I am proud of our country, proud of President Bush and President-Elect Obama, and proud to share this moment with all Americans. I am especially thrilled to share it with Seth and Reed, who are watching their first Inauguration today. I pray that they will understand just a little more fully the amazing democracy of America and the freedom we enjoy.

2 comments:

Julie K. Browning said...

This is so true! It really is amazing. Most of us have observed life through the lens of liberty so long that this pomp and circumstance seems to bo just that... pomp and pagentry. But it really is amazing.

Rachel said...

Amen! God is in control and he has asked us to respect our leaders. I get so frustrated with people who cross the line of "free speech" into what should really be called "treason."