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Inauguration Day – What Are You Doing?

In A Christian Life, Family, Politics on January 20, 2009 at 9:16 AM

Barack Husein Obama will become the 44th president of the most powerful nation in the world today. By all accounts, the crowds in Washington are enormous today; upwards of millions of people are braving the cold weather to be a part of this event.

With what many are calling an historic event today, I was just curious what you will be doing or what your plans are today.

In my opinion, this is certainly not a day to celebrate, because it represents such a dramatic change in the nation’s departure from strong moral values. Are we a strong Christian nation? In a way, the answer would have to be a resounding “no”, and that is a sad state of affairs to me. We have become far more liberal than what our founding fathers ever imagined, I do believe.

This country will swear in the most liberal senator in history today, and this is not something fair-minded people should be celebrating. You must look beyond all the hype and smoking mirrors to see Mr. Obama really isn’t about change so much as he is about the same old tired Washington political machine.

Let’s see: an expensive vacation and $170m for the inauguration. Please show me where he’s doing anything differently than business as usual with the Washington elites, or him changing the way politics work. Now, I am hoping things will be different for this new president; we will have to wait and see.

Back to the question of what you’re doing today. Our Pastoral Covenant Group (PCG) will gather today at the church I pastor for our monthly meeting. We have an interesting topic planned, which deals with feeding the hungry. Basically, it’s the nuts and bolts of a program we pastors can implement in order to help hurting people. You can read a little more about the PCG here.

So, please tell, what are your plans for today?

  1. Well, I had to work today, but I was able to turn a television on in the office long enough to watch Obama take the oath of office. Had to turn it off pretty quickly and go back to work.

    I really want him to do well, for our country’s sake, but I have my doubts and some very realfears.

    • I didn’t get to watch much today for the reasons already outlined. It has been nonstop, however, since coming home from our meeting. Frankly, I’ve had enough in just a very short time watching the news. Enough is enough. When I think of the multiplied millions of dollars this is costing, it makes me quite ill.

      Yes, my hope and prayer is that he’ll do well, but he will have to go down a very different road than what we’ve already seen. Who knows? He may actually have some good ideas and have the ability to implement them. We’ll just have to wait and see. The man is just taking over, so let’s all give him a chance.

  2. Didn’t have any plans … ended up watching everything and knitting mostly. Did some Hebrew stuff to help out my classmate. 🙂

    • Seems like you had an all-day affair going on there, Annie. Your comment about Hebrew stuff with your classmate sounds interesting. What kind of class are you in?

  3. I was lucky, I had jury duty and was released early. So I took some personal time and motorcycled in the Napa wine country. Disclaimer, I don’t drink alcohol, and mixing alcohol with motorcycles is a quick ticket to seeing Christ. Turned out my corporation played it on these HD monitors they have setup around the office, so I was glad to have missed it. Being a Californian I’ve learned a lot from this last election. I’ve learned that black people around the United States were imprisoned in their own minds as 96% of blacks voted for Obama. So many blacks are Christian, and refuse to see Obama the man from Obama the idea. They think Obama being president will free them from their mental prison, but the truth is they need to free themselves from the prison of their own making. Blacks could already achieve whatever they want if they work hard and follow Christ. For the life of me I can’t see why white Christians voted for this man either, unless it’s white guilt for our nation’s history with slavery and racism. Across the board Obama’s policies are anti-God, abortion, socialism, government hand outs… The Apostle Paul said, 1 Thes 3:10b “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.” Another observation about Christianity in this country, we actually had many churches here in California that came out in opposition to Proposition 8, the state constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman. So called Christian churches supporting the homosexual movement. In the end this election taught me there are so much fewer followers of Christ than one would expect seeing all the church buildings as you drive through town. Matt 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.

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