Our 45th President was sworn into office yesterday. Many cheered and rejoiced. Many were not so joyous. Some protested, which is their Constitutional right to do so. Some caused violence, which is never righteous, nor a right of citizenship. Violence and mayhem do not help anything, save to prove the cowardice of the perpetrator.
I have heard and seen through media channels how difficult a time some people are having with the reality of a new administration. But a change of power is nothing new. Perhaps it's because the change was so dramatic and gap so large between the Obama Administration and the new Trump Administration. But something to remember: when you swing a pendulum so far to the left, you can count on that pendulum swinging just as far to the right.
King Solomon, the wisest man ever, wrote: "There is nothing new under the sun. " (Ecclesiastes 1:9) Presidents will come and go. Presidents are not God, nor do they have divine powers. So where will you put your trust? In the Obama? In the Trump? To do so is foolish and striving after wind.
Some wise words were posted yesterday by a professor at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Dr. Jeffrey Gibbs. They are a helpful reminder to all of us:
"Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush1, Clinton, Bush2, Obama, Trump. All smart and gifted. All deeply, deeply flawed. None able to do as much damage as their enemies feared, nor as much good as their allies hoped. May God protect innocent lives, and bring humility to all. Thank you, and now go find a way to love your neighbor."
Let's keep our eye on the ball - on what's really important. God is still in His heaven and loves us more than we can imagine. He's got this. So you, go love you neighbor.