We listened (by radio) to the inauguration as we traveled home from our cross-country travels. We heard the screams of the protesters and the cheers of the supporters. We listened to commentators as they bemoaned this day and kept referring to the new president as “their president” meaning “theirs but not ours.” We heard the division that threatens to rip our country apart flowing loud and clear through the airwaves.
How should we enter this new era? How should we respond to a new presidency?
We’ve traveled more than 3,500 miles this week and as we crossed the Mississippi River, I thought about the deep divisions that have marked our nation’s history and the future that lies before us. A nation that has survived a civil war, a great depression, and horrific terrorist attacks, now enters a new era of division. The racial division, the violent protests, the increasing number of homicides, and the horrific abortion industry, are ugly manifestations of the real heart issue.
People are in desperate need of a Savior.
The raised fists and the screaming voices come from people who are seeking change through political means. But the people of our nation are in need of life change that only comes through the transforming power of the gospel.
Although many people are celebrating (while others are resisting), our new president will not be the catalyst for the spiritual revival we so desperately need. Yes, we’ve entered a new era, but as we cross over to new territory, what we should do today is the same thing that first century believers were doing.
[box]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.
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time (1 Timothy 2:1–6).[/box]
The source for change is still the same. We’re to intercede, to lift up thanksgiving and prayer for our leaders. We’re to seek to lead peaceful, quiet, dignified, and godly lives that please our Savior. We’re to share with all the testimony that provides the knowledge of the truth.
We live in an era that celebrates a pluralistic belief system and attempts to erase the exclusivity of the gospel. But there is only one mediator between God and men and we must spread the word that there is a way of peace, a way of security, a way of unity . . . but that way is only through the Savior of mankind, the man Christ Jesus.
Today, you may be rejoicing over the fact that we have a new president, or you may be determined to resist, but I’m not placing my hope in the new administration, in economic improvement, or in the promises offered by men. Our only hope for the future lies in the hands of the One who will one day establish His eternal rule. And our marching orders are clear, we must share the good news—reminding the church of this truth, as well as spreading it to the lost:
[box]“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).[/box]
How are you responding to the election of this new president?