Published on January 18th, 2017

This is a big week in our country! It is the Inauguration our newly elected President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. As with all elections some people are happy with the outcome and some are not. Some are hopeful and some are fearful.

Yet we all know that no two presidents are the same and no president can please everyone. However listen to these 35 words, “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.” President Trump will be our 45 president (depending on how you count President Grover Cleveland who served non-consecutive terms). Generally this has gone rather smoothly and the transition from one president to the next has been a happy time for our nation.

As Lutheran Christians we know about the “kingdom of the LEFT and the Kingdom of the RIGHT.” We always pray for our elected leaders who have huge responsibilities in the kingdom of the LEFT (earthly matters) but the work of the Church is in the Kingdom of the RIGHT. The kingdom of the left will always change leaders with various elections, but Jesus is Lord of lords – forever. He never changes and He is our hope and salvation.

So, as you watch the inauguration and listen to the oath of office, thank God for the nation we enjoy and pray for the new leadership our new president will bring to our nation and to the world!