The upcoming week brings forth a change of national leadership with the inauguration of Donald Trump as the forty-fifth President of the United States. Some are ecstatic, others are not so happy, but we all need to realize that a new President will take office that day and we, as good citizens that we are expected to be, should all join in wishing him success and good will in the world's most difficult and demanding job. For we Christians and Jews and anyone who believes in the Almighty God, Jehovah, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, we need to pray that President Trump will be infected with the Holy Spirit and let the third person of God guide everything that he does. For with God, anything is possible, but without him, we are at the mercy of the world and the fallen angel who roams the air about earth looking for our weak spot to attack.
The term "In God We Trust" has been used by our country since it's foundation. It is emblazoned on many government properties and on our money and it signifies that God played not only in the guiding light for our founding but in our very continued existence as a nation. Today many look at God with scorn, thinking that we are so smart in the modern world that we are capable of going it alone, God being something or someone needed by the ancients who were not as sophisticated and bright. Oh, what folly that way of thinking is.
It was God who created us, it was God who allowed us the blessings of the beauty of the earth and the riches of the land and it will be God when our days are done and it's time to depart this earth who can give us continued life in the hereafter through His gift of Jesus, who died for our sins. Our founders realized this, they included God in our founding document and leaders over the generations have called to God for divine guidance routinely. None has ever done it more eloquently than our first President, George Washington, in his Proclamation for Thanksgiving in 1789. We need to look back at our founding and put Him back in the center place of our lives as He expects. After all, He created us in love and gave us the free will to decide for ourselves but He expects us to love Him and follow Him in return.
Oh, don't worry, if you are a non-believer in this great country you have a right to believe as you wish, but you do not have a right to dictate to us on our beliefs nor may you limit them. That is one of the big hopes that I place on the upcoming Administration: an end to discrimination against Christians and their beliefs.
The problem has been growing not just here but around the world and I look forward to the day when the Spirit returns as the principal force in the American Spirit and hopefully throughout the world as well. This will require more than just words, it will require action and the President should make clear from the outset of his term that this will be the way he will govern. He needs to set the leadership example that has been so lacking of late. I truly believe that he will.