Yes, I took some time off yesterday morning to take in the experience of the inauguration. It was great to sit in the warmth of a room and watch it on television. I appreciated all the special music, the polite way that both Obama and (Chief Justice) Roberts stumbled through the oath of office together, the I listened to Obama’s speech.
I enjoyed the speech. He said much for the amount of words he used; but we have known for some time now that this is one of Obama’s greatest gifts.
Then this morning I read my brother’s reaction to some aspects of the speech. Especailly this part:
When he says “the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness,” this sounds more like Americanism than Christianity
I have to agree with Richard. We American Christians run the constant risk of confusing our citizenship in the United States with our citizenship in the Kingdom of God. I can’t remember a president who has helped us maintain that distinction. To be fair, I don’t think it is the president’s job to help you and I understand the difference between God and Caesar.
With this whirling in my head, I paused to consider how incredibly excited a lot of people are with the election of Obama. Many Americans, it seems, have a lot of hope resting on the shoulders of this man.
Which leaves me feeling the need to say: the Kingdom of God has not arrived in America with the inauguration of Barack Obama. Neither does his election and inauguration mean that this nation is on a fast track to doomsday.
It has been nearly 2,000 years since Jesus said
‘The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; 21nor will they say, “Look, here it is!” or “There it is!” For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among* you.’ (Luke 17:20-21)
Let us hope (and pray and work) that the Kingdom of God may become more evident in the U.S., and around the world.