I have prayed since I was a child. When I was a child, I prayed like a child. I recall one prayer in which I vowed to God that I would uphold “truth, justice, and the American way” if God would give me the powers of Superman. Other childhood prayers were more serious, like the time I prayed for my brother to come home from the hospital after he suffered an asthma attack.
When Jesus was prophetically speaking to the churches of Asia Minor (Revelation 2-3), he concluded each message with these words:
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
I will pray for the success of the Trump administration, even though I did not vote for Mr. Trump. I pray that God will grant him wisdom to govern justly and the discipline to bridle his tongue. Christians are encouraged to “honor the king,” and to “give to Caesar that which belongs to Caesar.” Therefore, disciples of Jesus Christ should seek to respect everyone in authority, whether Democrat or Republican.
I was only ten years old when Martin Luther King was assassinated. As a child of the south I lived through the integration of public schools and heard the racist dialogue of adults all around me. When Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed no one in my circle mourned.
As we approach the inauguration of President Trump I would like to offer a few personal political and religious reflections, and confessions. As those who have followed my posts during the election are aware, I did not support Donald Trump for president. For the first time in my adult life I did not vote for President.