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Monday, January 21, 2013

The Christ Impact in Washington

by Rick Blumenberg / @rickblumenberg

In the words of Wikipedia, “The widow of a slain Mississippi civil rights leader Medgar Evers will help open the inaugural ceremony Monday. President Obama has selected activist Myrlie Evers-Williams to deliver the invocation. She's the first woman and lay person to have the honor.”

This is now past tense instead of future and she did well, bringing honor to her gender, her race, to that great host of godly laity she represented but especially to Almighty God and his Son, Jesus Christ, in whose name she prayed.

I joined with Mrs. Evers-Williams as she prayed for blessings on our nation and on every family throughout our land, followed by a rousing and prayerful rendition of the Battle Hymn of the Republic by the awesome Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and wonderfully sung again by pop singer Beyonce.

Before President Obama and his family came to the ceremony they joined the congregation at St John’s Episcopal Church for a time of worship, as has been the custom of presidents through the years.

When Associate Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor swore in Vice President Joseph Biden it was in the name of God. When Chief Justice John Roberts swore in our president, the oath included and ended with the words “so help me God.”

I know we are not perfect and have many failings, but I am convinced we are still “One Nation Under God”. Sometimes we don’t act like it and many who are blessed by Almighty God to live in this land do not recognize or worship Him.

When our president began his speech with words from our Declaration of Independence, including “we  hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights” he was recognizing our relationship, as a nation, with the God of all creation, the only true and living God. I don’t know how deep his faith is, but I am convinced that leading this nation of believers draws the president closer to God. It doesn’t matter how the president feels about it when he/she comes into office, serving a praying people who hold him up in prayer day after day, soon makes him realize he could not survive without those prayers and in becoming thankful for those prayers becomes ever more believing as he senses the strong support of Almighty God in this awesome task as leader of this great nation.

I don’t know how many people in the United States are believers in God. Most are Christians, (about 73%) many are Jewish and a few are Muslims and other God-worshipping religious groups. Although many believers in God do not recognize Christ as Savior, they are nevertheless blessed by their relationship with God and they are blessed by the coming of Jesus, whether they know it or not.

But all in all, we are a Christian nation. Some scoff at such a concept and others scorn it if it were true but don’t believe it is, but that powerful praying, preaching, believing horde of godly men, women and children, who undergird our nation with their petitions to God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and who do their best to serve God day after day—they are the ones who make this a Christian nation. It is their faith that sustains us and brings us the favor of Almighty God.

Some question whether or not our president is a Christian, and we know faith in Christ is not required to serve in that high office, but regardless, we heard our president conclude his speech with these powerful words, “Thank you and God bless you, and God bless these United States of America”. We need to recognize that we really are a nation under God and we remain a Christian nation, if for no other reason than the sheer number of Christ-followers who make up the people of our land.

I’m Rick Blumenberg and these are my thoughts on the Inauguration of President Barack Obama—My View from here on Tanner Creek.

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