- Church Service: The Bidens began the day by attending a Roman Catholic mass at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C., accompanied by all four Congressional leaders Pelosi, McCarthy, McConnell and Schumer. The service included readings from the New Testament and prayers for God to forgive their sins through Jesus.
- Invocation: A Catholic priest opened in prayer, “Gracious and merciful God … Creator of all …, we beg of You the wisdom Solomon sought when he knelt before You [1 Kings 3:9] … we trust in the counsel of the letter of James [in the New Testament] … To the glory of Your name forever.”
- National Anthem: Lady Gaga sang The Star Spangled Banner. The last stanza, which most have never heard, includes: “Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation. … and this be our motto: “In God is our trust.””
- Pledge: “… one nation under God …”
- Swearing-In: Kamala Harris was sworn in as Vice President with her hand resting on not one but two Bibles, concluding with the prayer, “So help me God.”
- Song: Jennifer Lopez sang, “America, God shed his grace on thee,” interjecting in Spanish “one nation under God …”
- Swearing-in: Joe Biden was sworn-in as President with his his hand on an enormous (!) family Bible decorated with Christian crosses, concluding with the prayer, “So help me God.”
- President’s Speech: “We come together as one nation under God … as the Bible says, “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” [Psalm 30:5] … with a sacred oath before God … May God Bless America and may God protect our troops.”
- Song: Garth Brooks sang “Amazing grace … that saved a wretch like me … we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise …”
- Poem: “… Scripture tells us to envision that everyone shall sit under their own vine [Micah 4:4] …”
- Benediction: A Christian pastor prayed, “God, … we gather under the beauty of Your holiness … we seek Your face, … we pray for divine favor upon our President, .. our Vice President … they and our nation need You. … to Your glory, majesty, dominion, and power forever.”
If anyone was listening carefully, the theme was unmistakable and precise and profound: The success of the United States of America is absolutely dependent upon us being a nation of leaders and citizens who trust above all in the one true GOD. He is the Creator of all, He is a personal being who hears us talk to Him, and we implore Him to mercifully forgive our sins, to guide and bless our nation’s leaders, and to protect our military. We trust He may do these things IF we humbly call on Him and obey what he has revealed to us through JESUS CHRIST and His inspired written word, THE BIBLE.
How many of those participating in or attending the Inauguration really believed or meant ANY of this?! Only God knows for sure. Such Christian language is such a ubiquitous part of America’s traditional government ceremonies that no doubt most people, including the vast majority of the millions who watched remotely, hardly even noticed this message, much less cared about it.
May more of our elected officials, and more of all of us Americans, hear and heed the threads of Biblical wisdom that our forefathers deliberately and carefully wove throughout the very fabric of our national culture, and may we actually live up to our official national motto, “In God we trust.”
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