As I did with President Obama, today on inauguration day I am lifting up a prayer for my President Donald J. Trump. I must admit, these are words that I never imagined I would write. Like most Americans, I never thought Trump stood a chance of winning, but here we are in 2017 looking toward the unknown of the next four years.
Today, my biggest prayer is for healing. The rhetoric of the 2016 campaign was extremely divisive from leaders in both parties. In 2008, one of my biggest prayers was that Obama’s Presidency would increase racial unity in America. I wrote at that time,
Now, less than 50 years [after the civil rights movement of the 1960’s], we stand at the edge of a new era when the fullness of our constitutional promise that “All Men are created equal” will be achieved. On January 20th, 2009, Barack Obama will be sworn in is as the first non-white President of the United States of America.
To be certain, this does not mean the end of all racial problems. As noted in the February 2001 article in Time, there are some who say “Obama Is Not Black Enough.” For others, Obama is not white enough. In a country of this size, with a great diversity of cultures, there will always be some racial hatred and bigotry. But look how far we have come!
Sadly, the last 8 years our leaders have helped foment racial division, weakened traditional institutions of moral strength, and fractured many once strong relationships.
- I pray against any leader who tries to advance the culture of fear as a way to keep their power and wealth.
- To those who chose violent protest and riots as their path of dissent, I pray they would abandon these immoral tactics.
- My prayer for President Trump is that he would elevate his rhetoric, lead with integrity, appoint godly people, and be a source for reconciliation in American politics.
1 Timothy 2:1–6 (ESV)
2 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.