By Pastor Paul Davis: Friday is Inauguration Day. The 45th President of the United States of America will be sworn into office, and for the days leading up to and following this event, DC will be transformed. Barricades, road blocks, checkpoints, an increase in police presence numbering in the thousands, and an increase in visitors numbering in the hundreds of thousands. Dozens of demonstrations and protests are planned, massive amounts of respect and disrespect will be heaped upon the man being inaugurated and upon the office being filled. The uncertainty of the future will be felt by all, either with anticipation or with dread.
And if we’re honest, we would all agree that the man who is about to sit down in the seat of one of the world’s greatest powers is deeply flawed. Some of us are more willing to overlook these flaws than others, but no one would say that this man is a model of moral character, even if you don’t believe some of the more sensational stories we see from our media outlets. But, sometimes we get so lost in our politically charged thoughts that we forget the spiritual reality of the situation: OUR flaws run pretty deep, too.
The Apostle Paul so painfully reminds us that “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one” (Rom. 3:10-12). It’s true, we may have different flaws or we may try to make ourselves feel better by thinking that our flaws are more socially acceptable. But the truth remains that we are all broken and in need of fixing, and not even the President of the United States (no matter who it is) can give us what we really need: healing and salvation.
So, in this time of uncertainty, where worldviews and opinions are often driven by political leanings instead of what really matters, let me invite you to lift your eyes up to a different seat of power. This seat is not a cushy armchair behind a big desk, but a throne of universal might. The person who sits on this throne is not a man dressed in a dark suit and solid tie, but the God-Man robed in thunder and light. And the right to sit on this throne was not granted to mortal men by their peers, but was won by the Righteous One who defeated sin and conquered death.
Remember, church, that Jesus Christ who sits on the throne of heaven is NOT flawed in any way. In fact, when we embrace him as our king and savior, he begins working in us to erase OUR flaws. Surely, He is the one in whom we should place our hope. Surely, He is the one in whom we should find an example. Indeed, He is the one who deserves our attention, our praise, and our thanks.