As I begin writing this, the clock just struck midnight EST on January 20th, 2009. Now, I really don't like to blog about politics, but today's Inauguration is history, not politics. I just can't allow the 2009 Inauguration go by without saying something about the significance of the day and our responsibilities as Christians as a result.
As an American, I believe that today is a watershed day in our country's quest to blot out the dark and destructive mark of racism from our history. Regardless of where you stand politically, you simply cannot deny that the Inauguration of Barack Obama today is a benchmark in our nation's history. Barack Obama taking the oath of office is, in some sense, the culmination of the sacrifice of those who died for the abolition of slavery and those who stood boldly against the strong tide of racism and bigotry that gripped our nation during the past century.
As a Christian, I believe we have a God-inspired obligation to pray for our nation's leadership, including and especially for President-Elect Barack Obama. In I Timothy 2:1-2, Paul exhorts us that "...requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness."
Christians, we ought to heartily support President Obama on those issues with which we agree; we should respectfully, resolutely and appropriately oppose him on those issues with which we disagree; but more importantly, we should passionately and specifically pray for President Obama often! For more information on how we can pray for our new president, visit The Presidnetial Prayer Team's website. Let's join together in prayer, starting today, for our new Presidnet, Barack Obama!