What I Will Tell My Sons This Inauguration Day
I’ve intentionally kept silent on all things political over the last year. But today as I watch the Presidential inauguration ceremony, I’m going to break my personal rule because I can’t stop thinking about my sons.
I imagine my first grader who is at the same time sitting with his class, eating his school lunch, and watching newly elected President Trump be sworn in. I am trying to anticipate what comments or questions he’ll have when he gets off the bus—many questions for which I won’t have a good answer.
No matter what my feelings about our new President or our country’s current situation, of this I’m confident: My voice is not the one my sons need to hear today.
Instead, I will remind them that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). With confidence, I will tell them that God is always bigger, always faithful, and always enough. I will tell them stories of His faithfulness—of good times and difficult times and His abundance in all of it.
I will remind them that while we must faithfully support and pray for our country and our leaders, we are first and foremost people of God. We do not rely on men for our freedom or salvation, but on God, whose freedom is internal and “who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17).
Today, we will pray. Today, we will choose the path of love and respect. And today, we will listen to a Greater Voice:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.” (Lamentations 3:22-24)
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