On January 20th, a bitterly cold blustery day in Washington D.C., one of the miracles of the modern world took place amidst fanfare and celebration but no bloodshed and violence. The mantle of leadership of the greatest most powerful nation in the world was passed from one man to his successor surrounding by a cheering crowd of proud citizens and under the watchful eyes of the world.
In the freezing sunshine of a new day, President Barak Obama took the oath of office and became the 44th president of the United States, and the first African American to hold this high office and responsibility. History stood still, and what seemed utterly impossible fifty years ago in a racially divided nation became reality. In his prayer Rev. Rick Warren spoke of the heavenly celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. along with a host of heavenly witnesses.
As President Obama gave his inaugural address if you listened closely you could almost hear the voice of Martin Luther King Jr. shouting from the other end of the national mall “I have a dream…I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Today was a day we can all be proud to be Americans.
As we welcome our new president to his appointed post, as followers of the Lord Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, I would encourage us all to get on bended knee and pray. Pray the Lord will guide, direct, inspire, and use President Obama to lead our nation into a new day of freedom. Pray the Lord will humble us before His throne so the mighty dollar no longer reigns, and that compassion and love become the true marks of significance. As Amos the prophet of old declared: “But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” (Amos 5:24).