This morning, I watched the inauguration ceremony for the 44th president of the United States. Barack Hussein Obama J.D. is officially the first black president of this nation. Many have taken this as an opportunity to reflect on the struggles of African Americans, in a primary sense, and minorities as a whole. Even if you’re not one of those that care, you can’t deny that it has been a long journey for minorities.
The journey from the disease infested dungeons of the slave ships to the highest office in the land did not pass quietly. Under blood and sweat, the people who were viewed as “lower” did not fail to produce heroes and heroines that argued, whether with words or with bullets, that the Negroes were as equal as the white men. So today, many are reflecting and some are probably wondering if they are dreaming. Years of determination has produce what some are viewing as the “Great Black Hope,” a title that I’m attributing to President Obama because of the expectations that are riding on him. Today, Barack Obama has become the most powerful man in the world.
His speech was not one of a man that is afraid, but of a mighty king who is facing the dangers ahead with an unshakable conviction that he will overcome. Powerful words sprinkled with the aroma of a firm resolution flowed from the lips of he who must be looked at as one of the most gifted orators in recent political history (certainly from the view of this writer). Accompanied with the pomp, elegance, and prestige that the United States can offer, many hearts have melted and have viewed this as a new start. Indeed it is! Others have paved the way and now it seems to some that the cry of the black people to the lord, which echoes the words of Israel to Samuel the Prophet in 1 Sam. 1:5 “Give us a King,” has been answered.
Can we trust Barack? Some will shout “Yes we can!” But the scripture says no! Ps. 146:3 says, “Do not trust in Princes, in mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.” No salvation can be found in the rulers of the world, or any man. No salvation can be found in this brilliant minded knight clothed in a shining armor. The blessed is “he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord His God” (Ps. 146:5). Is there anything wrong with rejoicing over a leader? Certainly not, but don’t place your trust or your salvation in a person, but rather in the One, Jesus Christ.
There is something that we can do for the new president. We as Christians do have a sacred responsibility. Many have failed in practicing the words of the verse found in 1Tim. 2:1-3 when George Bush was in power, maybe we will do better this time (smile). The verses says, “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 tranquill and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour.” If these things are good and acceptable from God’s point of view; it should certainly be things that those who are interested in what is pleasing to Him do.
Ultimately, God desires for us to live the best life as possible, and the very fact that He tells us to pray for these leaders is a confirmation that He will certainly heed our prayers, according to His will (for we know that the end is near).
This is the start of something new, and if you have never prayed for a president before, you should pray for this one. This one has all the forces of racism gearing up to go after him, so pray for him and his family. Pray that he may surrender himself to Jesus Christ so that he may be one of those who rejoice when the King of Kings appear!