It is Inauguration Day 2021. Regardless of how you feel about our new president, we are experiencing yet again the orderly passing of the mantle of leadership from one duly elected president to another. This is always something to celebrate. But today, in light of the violent insurrection in the Capitol just two weeks ago, it is something to cherish.

We live in a broken nation that is devastated by COVID, struggling with racial justice and deeply polarized. It is not primarily a political crisis, even though we may act like it. It is first and foremost a deep spiritual crisis. And it is time for those of us who claim Jesus as our Lord and Savior to start acting like it. This means it is immaterial whether you voted for the president or not. God is calling you to pray for him – and all of our leaders – to seek God’s will, strive for the common good, and be filled with wisdom, courage and strength.  

Christians are also called to do something else in this tender time. We are called to take the lead in working for the common good, seeking justice and building reconciliation. This is challenging work, far beyond our ability to accomplish on our own. But we are not on our own. We are led by the Holy Spirit who helps us experience that, indeed, all things are possible with God.  

On this Inauguration Day 2021, and in the days, weeks and months ahead, I will pray for President Biden and Vice President Harris. I will pray that God will abundantly bless America. But most of all, I will pray that America will live up to our highest aspirations so that we can be a blessing to God.