Inauguration Day – A Christian Response

Today is the day. Donald J. Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. Whether you supported Trump’s run for the White House or spiraled into major depression with his win on November 8, he is about to be your president. The question is how we, as believers, should respond on this historic day.

One of America’s most prominent ministers has weighed in with great wisdom. Dr. David Jeremiah, the senior pastor at Shadow Mountain Community Church, says he believes the 2016 election has been a “moment in history when God has reminded us that our ultimate citizenship is indeed in heaven, and not on earth.”

Rather than placing focus and inherent trust in fellow men, Jeremiah said he’d like to encourage Christians to look to God, asking for prayer for Trump and his administration, and expressing hope that God will have mercy on the United States.

“We pray that God might have mercy on our nation and that our leaders might know and fear Him, for as the Scriptures say, blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,” he said. “This is a time when we must hold fast to our calling to be good citizens.”

So how can we be “good citizens” on this historic day? I suggest we can do three things.

1. Pray – I learned a long time ago, I should never criticize a man for whom I have not first prayed. Pray for President Trump’s wisdom, inner circle, and total reliance on God.

2. Serve – Do your part. Do random acts of kindness. Make a difference in your own way. You don’t have to hold elective office in order to change your world.

3. Lead – Lead by example. Someone is watching you. While others are either blindly cheering our new president or outwardly hoping for his demise, stay on track. Let others see the grace and love of God in you. Jesus said, “They will know we are Christians by our love.”

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