– What a day!  A very impressive one, indeed!  Very impressive – in a very earthly and humanly perspective, that is!  For although we should be incredibly thankful and appreciative of our nation, its (relatively) good government, its stable transitions of power, our wealth and security, I am just indelibly struck by the fact that the scale of our grandest celebrations are absolutely trivial compared with the glory and majesty of our God and King!  Do you think 1-2 million people are impressive crowded on the Capital Mall?  Just imagine THIS:

Rev. 5:12 In a loud voice they sang:
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!”

Rev. 5:13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing:
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!”
14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

Frankly, I can’t WAIT to experience it!  Lord, Come Quickly!

– What a LOT of “PRAYERS”!!!  It seemed most of them were sermons, actually – each preacher pushing his/her political agenda!  These prayers, as you might know, are VERY unique to the United States.  I am sure there is not another country which so literally showers their government events with such an abundance of these prayers.  Of course there are really large problems with this.  The Inaugural prayer spoken by Rev. Rick Warren ended with “We pray this in the name of Him who changed MY life: Jesus.” (not even pretending to speak for anyone else!)  Another prayer indicated that people could find god’s wisdom in the church, mosque, synagogue or temple and it just ended with an “Amen” chanted…  Another one ended “In Your Holy Name” – without ever actually uttering that name. And which name was that?  And Rev. Gene Robinson began his prayer addressing “the god of our many understandings”.  This issue is related to our Bible Study and sermon this coming Sunday.

– President Obama spent some time talking about a new “Era of Responsibility”.  Good words.  I certainly agree with the notion.  It is Biblical.  I am praying it happens.  It certainly is what needs to happen in our country.  Somehow we seem to always think that we are entitled to everything we want.  We are just like spoiled children whining and crying about everything!  There is a cost of citizenship, as our President reminds us.  If our nation takes up our President’s challenge to become more responsible, I wonder if perhaps this notion might extend also into life of the church?  Or is that asking too much?