I watch the Presidential Inauguration with my family every four years. I have voted for President 8 times in my life and the candidate I voted for has won only twice. However, as an American citizen, I celebrate the pageantries of democracy. The constitutionally-mandated transfer of power is part of our shared civics and transcends politics. This is a tradition to be preserved and celebrated. With each President’s inauguration there are both hopes and fears for many Americans. Let us pray and work for peace and civility. Let us work and pray for truth and justice. Let us work and pray for righteousness and morality.
As an American and a Christian, I am a citizen of two kingdoms. My citizenship of the kingdom of heaven transcends my citizenship to any earthly kingdom. Nevertheless, my American citizenship is real and cherished. The key is to never confuse or conflate my citizenship in the two kingdoms. I believe I can be the best citizen of the United States by recognizing that my citizenship is ultimately in heaven. My heavenly citizenship requires that I be subject to earthly powers, except when they cause me to disobey God, my ultimate authority.
As a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, I proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ alone and call for faith and repentance for entrance into the kingdom of God. Therefore, I pray for continued freedom and liberty to do that. This freedom is for all peoples, regardless of beliefs or no belief. The gospel remains the power of God unto salvation for all who believe.
As a Christian, my primary responsibility is to share the gospel of Christ. However, I am also called to live out that gospel in works of faith and love. I am also called to work for the good of my neighbors, fellow-citizens, nation, and world.
Please pray for President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris as they take their oaths of office in a ceremony at noon today. Here is how we are commanded in Scripture to pray for our leaders:
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-4
In other words, pray for our leaders, pray for our ability to live out our faith peaceably, pray for the spiritual well-being of our leaders, and pray for the salvation of all peoples in conformity to God’s desire.