Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Closer: To God. To Home. To Others.

Day Twenty: Liberty

What a great day in our nation's history. Whether you call yourself a republican, a democrat, an independent or something else, we are all Americans. Today was a great day to see an African-American take office, but more than that a common man. A man with very humble beginnings, great disappointments, and significant faults being elected to the most powerful office in the free world. Whether you agree with him or not, scripture calls us to pray for him.

To see a peaceful transfer of power by the inauguration of another President of the United States never gets old for me. I am a patriot and I am proud of our country. We truly live in the greatest nation on earth. Not because of our greatness, but because of the greatness of our God.

Below are the words of John F. Kennedy that were echoed today by President Barack Obama in his inaugural address. See also below a quote of Martin Luther King, Jr. and an excerpt from the Mayflower Compact.

The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe--the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God...Let both sides unite to heed in all corners of the earth the command of Isaiah "to undue the heavy burdens...and let the oppressed go free." ...The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it--and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.-JFK

An excerpt of Martin Luther King Jr.'s, "I have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.-MLK, Jr.

An excerpt of the Mayflower Compact that the pioneers of our nation wrote after they landed in Virginia documenting the purpose for their voyage which was signed November 11, 1620.

In the name of God, Amen...Having undertaken, for the Glory of God and advancement of the Christian Faith and Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the First Colony in the Northern Parts of Virginia.-documented by William Bradford

Let us not forget that all things flow from God. The reason the United States of America is the greatest country in the world; is because it was founded "for the Glory of God and the advancement of the Christian Faith". It is freedom through Christ alone that is the light of this great nation.

Prayer Focus: Pray that Jesus Christ is exalted in our great nation and that revival comes to the world.

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