Today is the second inauguration of Barack Obama, who will be sworn into his second term at 11:30 a.m. ET. (Actually, he took his oath of office on Sunday, in accordance with the date specified in the Constitution, in the White House, but the public ceremony will be on Monday, in commendable respect for the Lord’s Day.)
The Bible tells us to pray “for kings and all who are in high positions” (1 Timothy 2:2). That would include President Obama. As would the command to “honor the emperor,” (1 Peter 2:17). Many of us, especially those of us who aren’t big fans of the president politically, are probably guilty of violating those particular passages. How should we honor him, even if we don’t like his policies (as Peter surely didn’t like the policies of the Roman Emperor)? What should we pray for on behalf of the President?