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it’s okay to celebrate

Today is a significant day in American history. The inauguration of a new president always reminds me how much we have to be thankful for: the freedom to cast an individual vote in an orderly election process, the peaceful transfer of power, the historic ceremony.

The fact that this is the inauguration of our first black president also makes it a momentous day. I find a special poignancy in his being sworn in using the Lincoln Bible. And I love that thousands and thousands of Americans – black and white – have decided to brave the cold and the crowds to actually be there – to be part of this historic moment.

There is plenty to celebrate, no matter your political party, or religious affiliation. So to some conservative Christians I say, let it go, just for a day. Remember “The Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes” (Daniel 4:25). There will be plenty of time to judge the Obama administration by its actions. But for today, be gracious, and thankful. And pray for our new President.

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