Here are some things that caught my attention during the various speeches of the inauguration:
“peaceful transition of power” – Have to love the process of transitioning government. Some people on this planet will never experience a new government that does not involve a military coup or assassination.
“the ballot over the bullet” – This was just a great turn of phrase on the same subject.
Pastor Rick Warren
“the one who changed my life” – I loved his personal testimony of life change, and addressing our Savior in different languages. That’s how inclusiveness should be done.
President Barack Obama
“our collective failure to make hard choices” – The victim mentality is an easy card to play to get people on your side. He didn’t give us that choice. Everyone is partly to blame.
“not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America, they will be met” – We didn’t get into this mess overnight, and we won’t get out overnight. If we want any sort of life change, we’d better be in it for the long haul.
“worn out dogmas” – I wonder which ones he means.
“set aside childish things” – The only phrase I recognized as coming from Scripture (1 Corinthians 13:11)
“pursue their full measure of happiness” – Who gets to determine what my full measure of happiness is. And what happens if I don’t achieve it.
“pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again rebuilding …” – This is the hard part of the vision challenge. Everyone has to do their part.
“there are some who question the scale of our ambitions” – Man, I really hope he can pull off what he has laid out in his vision for America. It’s a sweet vision.
“America is a friend to each nation…who seeks peace” – That last phrase needs to be remembered. Befriending a bully only makes you his slave.
“our common humanity will show itself” – That’s actually what I’m afraid of. The last time the “common humanity” showed itself, we proved to be so corrupt and violent that God sent a flood to destroy all living things (Genesis 6:5-13)
“a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves” – I really think this is important to him. Whether he is a Christ-follower or not is for God to decide. But if he can help America think outside of our own interests, he is pushing a godly agenda (Philippians 2:1-4). Even if it won’t ultimately save us, living God’s way is still better than not.
This passion of his is shown in a video he published leading up to Martin Luther King Day, in which he encouraged Americans – especially those who were off of work and school for the holiday – to serve someone else. Even if you don’t agree with everything he says, you can’t look past his passion to serve and help those around us.