We have a new President of the United States of America — Donald J. Trump (1946- ) is the country’s 45th president.
On January 20, 2017, President Trump delivered an inspiring inaugural address full of hope for the future and casting a vision to unify our divided nation.
He announced the new vision that will guide his administration: America First! He said, “At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The Bible tells us how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”
President Trump asserted, “We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world, but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first. We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example.”
He promised to bring back jobs, wealth, borders, and dreams. He promised to rebuild America’s infrastructure and get people off welfare and back to work. He promised to “eradicate radical Islamic terrorism from the face of the Earth.” He said, “A new national pride will stir ourselves, lift our sights, and heal our divisions.”
President Trump noted that we all “are infused with the breath of life by the same Almighty Creator,” regardless of our background. He said, “…whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots. We all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American flag.”
President Trump closed with, “Together, we will make America strong again. We will make America wealthy again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And yes, together we will make America great again. Thank you. God bless you. And God bless America.”
Click Trump’s Inaugural Address to read the full text of his speech on the Whitehouse website. Here is a video of Donald Trump’s swearing in as President of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts, followed by Trump’s 16-minute inaugural address.
Even if President Trump is able to do only half of what he outlined, he will go down in history as a great President.
How to Make America Great Again
Making America Great Again will require hard work by President Trump, his staff and appointees, Congress, courts, and the American people. Old policies need to be reversed and new ones instituted.
But that won’t be enough. Even more fundamental change is needed to Make America Great Again.
The Bible gives guidance on what makes a nation great.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD. (Psalm 33:12)
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. (Proverbs 14:34)
The solution prescribed by Moses 3500 years ago will still work today:
Return to the Lord your God and obey Him with all your heart and soul according to all that I command you today, you and your sons, then the Lord your God will restore you. (Deuteronomy 30:2-3)
Likewise, the Lord promised King Solomon of Israel,
If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
In sum, for America to become great again, Americans need to
Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. (Matthew 6:33)
How Can You and I Help Make America Great Again?
In addition to individually heeding Scripture, we need to pray for President Trump and governmental leaders at all levels as the Apostle Paul instructs:
First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all . . . Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension.
(1 Timothy 2:1-6,8)
Franklin Graham based his inaugural blessing and prayer on this 1 Timothy 2 passage. Graham heads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and was one of six clergy members who prayed and read Scripture at the inauguration. Here is a video clip (1:33) of Graham’s remarks at the Presidential Inauguration:
Questions to Ponder
- Will you pledge to pray regularly for President Trump?
- How can your conversation be uplifting when in discussions about our new President?
Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.
Soli Deo Gloria.
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Wednesday January 25, 2017 A.D.
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