Written by Elijah Smith
On the twentieth of January 2021, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States of America. As the United States has done time and time again, a peaceful transfer of power took place as is Constitutionally required. In typical fshion, the chief justice of the United States Supreme Court arrived at the United States Capitol Building slightly before noon to swear in the president-elect. However, instead of focusing on what went according to tradition, let’s focus on what was different about the 59th presidential inauguration.
Due to safety measures put in place due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, attendance was greatly limited to the inaugural celebrations. There are typically hundreds of thousands of spectators to the swearing-in; however, this year was limited to only several hundred special guests. In great contrast to the past 150 years of swearing-in ceremonies, the outgoing president, Donald Trump, did not attend the inauguration of President Biden. In addition, security measures were significantly more stringent than is typically put in place. Due to the attack on the United States Capitol Building just 2 weeks prior, there was an unprecedented military presence at the swearing-in ceremony.
As Christians, it is important to remember that God is in control over all that occurs in this world. All earthly authority was put into place by Him and nothing happens that was not planned by Him. As President Biden begins his 4-year term, it is important that Christians everywhere pray for God’s glory through President Biden. As Christians, we must hope and pray for President Biden’s success, despite differences in political affiliation.