A New President
America is witnessing the various reactions that come in times of change. The media has covered the marvels of the transition of power from one President to another. And, the various outlets have reported demonstrations of those opposed to a new administration in office. Sometimes, we wonder if we have ever had such turbulence in our nation. Perhaps you have asked, “What does God have to say in times of such national struggles?” Consider these verses….
It is “God who changes the times and seasons; He sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.” (Daniel 2:21). “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” (Psalm 145:18). “Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.” (Romans 12:12). “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
We look to our Presidents to be a source of strength for the country. The President’s demeanor, countenance, counsel, and times of speaking to the nation is the balm that calms or the accelerant that exacerbates strife. No President has ever taken office in a time of the level of divisiveness that was the condition of America with the first inauguration of Abraham Lincoln.
Since Lincoln’s election in November 1860, seven states had left the Union. Worried that the election of a Republican would threaten their rights, especially slavery, the lower South seceded and formed the Confederate States of America. In the process, some of those states seized federal properties such as armories and forts. By the time Lincoln arrived in Washington, D.C. for his inauguration, the threat of war hung heavy in the air.
According to Bartleby.com, the Inauguration was surrounded by tension. “Jefferson Davis had been inaugurated as the President of the Confederacy two weeks earlier. Mr. Lincoln, the former Illinois Congressman, had arrived in Washington by a secret route to avoid danger, and his movements were guarded by General Winfield Scott’s soldiers.”
In his Inauguration speech given on March 4, 1861, he said, “In your hand, my fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you. You can have no conflict without being yourselves the aggressors. You have no oath in Heaven to destroy the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to preserve, protect, and defend it… We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” Six weeks later, the Confederates fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina, and the Civil War began. (Taken from “THIS DAY IN HISTORY” http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/lincoln-inaugurated). May God bless this new beginning in America with our new President Trump. May God bless this nation because of a faithful remnant of believers that are found earnestly, daily, and fervently praying for our nation and her leaders. May God bless America, not because we deserve His favor, but because we are desperate for His mercy to heal our land!