Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Today

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."
~ Abraham Lincoln ~

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I must admit that I am no fan of the man who, today, will become our nation's 44th president. I do not agree with many of his policies and stances. I believe that a cult of personality has built up around him so that many believe our nation will find its salvation in him. Of course, we know that our salvation is only in God.

However, that doesn't make this occasion any less historic. The fact that an African-American man has been elected president just 43 years after the march on Selma, Alabama to guarantee the voting rights of African-Americans, well, it's stunning. Our country has come a long way and we should be proud of that. I'm sure many would say we still have a long way to go in our efforts to eliminate racism.

So, while I am unhappy with the character of the man being sworn in today, I am pleased by what his inauguration represents. I pray that this will be a healing step, that it will bring pride and inspiration to many who, perhaps, have felt hopeless and disenfranchised.

And as to his policies? Well, I trust far more in my God than I do in any man. I know that God is completely sovereign. For whatever purpose, He allowed the election to turn out the way it did. Perhaps I'm wrong and Mr. Obama will end up being a president who serves this country well. Or perhaps he will lead us further and further down the path away from our roots as a nation built on Biblical principles. I fear the latter is more likely.

Either way, however, my trust is in God. That can not, will not, be shaken. Yes, I am sure that decisions will be made which will horrify me. But I will continue to pray for our nation and its leader. I hope you will do the same.

6 comments:

Debbie said...

I agree with you on this. I will be praying for our new President. This is a pivotal time in history.

ValleyGirl said...

You can bet that I am praying for all my American friends and their new leaders today. You ARE making history, and I pray in the future we will all agree it was in a very positive way.

Melissa said...

Very well said, Lori. I completely agree. Every President deserves our prayers that God will guide them.

Erica said...

Thanks for the reminder to change my widgets. :)

Mom To Six said...

AMEN!

Elizabeth said...

I have similar sentiments. I'm not a fan of Obama's political outlook, but do agree that we need to pray for him and show him the honor due his position as president.

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