The Smith Family took off yesterday for inauguration day. I was out of town all day Sunday for ministerial visits and counseling, so I decided to try and give back to my family a bit yesterday by running around with them doing grocery shopping and such before an evening appointment that I had. But before that, we watched the swearing in of our new President and Vice President and decided that today would be a “day off.” (Nice thing about homeschooling: we are in charge of our own “holiday” schedule!)
My wife commented that she doesn’t know why the schools she went to (before she was homeschooled) didn’t give kids the opportunity to watch inaugurations. Regardless of whether one’s side won or lost, they are important moments for our country and something you would think that a school would want kids to watch — given the stress on being civic-minded and such. I mentioned that I’m sure some schools do (I think mine at least let us watch Reagan’s inauguration), and that maybe hers was an exception.
We did not watch all the festivities — which thankfully meant missing Mr. Lowery’s horribly inappropriate prayer. (Although I did hear Mr. Warren’s prayer. Seemed to me that in places he stretched so hard to be inclusive that he might have pulled a muscle, but at least he had testosterone enough to pray in Jesus’ name against calls to do otherwise. I could say more, but I am straying…) But we did watch the swearing in, itself, and some of the procession and fanfare preceding it.
Today, though, not counting the many hangovers that are surely lingering at this hour in Washington, all of that is past, and the President must get to work. Which, of course, means we must get to work as well. Like him or not, Barack Obama is now the President of the United States, and 1 Timothy 2:1-2 is still in the Bible:
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.
My questions today are two:
(1) What are you praying for concerning this President, and…
(2) If you had the opportunity to advise this President, what would you tell him?
I have my own answers but am more interested in yours.