Tomorrow’s inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States is going to be hard to avoid. It will be broadcast live across all major TV and radio channels as well as on-line. Some of those who might possibly be avoiding the coverage will be those stars of the music world who have pulled out of performing on Capitol Hill as the new President’s party gets underway. People like Elton John, Celine Dion, Moby and Charlotte Church have all turned down the offer to show Mr. Trump their support because of their objection to his controversial views on women, immigration, and climate change.
Whatever we think about Mr Trump and his ideas for the future, I think it is reassuring to know that even this over confident alpha male has to ask God for help when he is swearing the oath of office at 12 noon on Friday. With his role as the leader of the so called ‘free world’, I think he is going to need it. His actions will impact on the lives of millions of people across the globe and not just his fellow Americans.
In a letter to his friend Timothy, the apostle Paul writes that, ‘…I urge petitions, prayers, requests, and thanksgivings be offered to God for all people; for kings and all others who are in authority, that we may live a quiet and peaceful life with all reverence toward God and with proper conduct.’ (1 Timothy 2:1-2).
It appears that we are encouraged to pray not just for those leaders that we would have voted for ourselves, but more controversially we are asked to intercede for those who we disagree with including the ones who might threaten our quiet and peaceful lives. At times it’s hard for us to keep in mind God’s over-arching salvation plan for the world, when those who cry out to him will quickly receive the justice they seek, (Luke 18:1-8). However, as we discovered on Sunday, the word ‘quickly’ has many meanings in the Bible, including ‘soon’ or ‘surely’. We don’t know when or how justice will come about but we are still called to be persistent in our praying and to have the faith that one day that justice will indeed come. In the meantime, we are encouraged to work with God to bring about that day by standing up against the injustices that we see around us whilst relying on God’s help and grace to guide us.
Looking forward to seeing you again on Sunday if you can make it.