We hopped on a bus,
Went to Washington D.C,
To witness a little piece of U.S. history.
A Rambling On The Inauguration:
Underneath the thrill of attending Washington D.C. for an inaugural ceremony that will permanently be in history books until the end of time (whether you like it or not), I found myself meditating on a nagging thought that I could not shake. As I was among the thousands of faces in the crowd (most wearing those rather large “MAGA” trucker caps), I realized that the majority of the world (Yes, America included) has forgotten how to love and show respect towards people who have opinions opposite of themselves. It is difficult to find words to express the way I felt in that moment standing on my tiptoes in a sea of strangers, but I found myself confused about what side I was even on. But not because I was confused about my personal stance on politics, but because I saw the humanity of every person seated on that platform above the crowds that were receiving explicit distaste from those below. In fact, distaste is probably not even the appropriate word to show the degree of impudence of the comments that the majority of the people in the crowd yelled directed towards the people on the stage. In that moment, I noticed myself fervently cheering for every person on the stage that the crowd booed (Hill & Chuck, I had your back guys) because I could not even imagine sitting before my entire country feeling as though half of those people wished ill-will on me or my family just because I was either from the left or from the right. The roar of the crowd was so loud at some points that I couldn’t even begin to tell you a sliver of what their speech was about because the harsh comments spilled out before the speakers even opened their mouth’s. It’s not that the crowd decided they didn’t like what the people said, it’s because they didn’t want to listen in the first place. How is anyone supposed to fall into mutual compromise without hearing out the other side?
But to stick the edge of the sword even deeper, the speakers prayed, and in unison the crowd replied “Amen”. And then I considered the fact that most of the people around me making these cruel comments would consider themselves Christian. But if they really identified with Christ then why were they using these politician’s political commitments as an implication of their moral convictions? The current state of this country’s political battles should remind us that no matter what side you come from, there is no human or political leader that is capable of saving this nation, or even the entirety of this broken world. The true hope lies in “the word of the Cross” because it is ” folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God“(1 Cor. 1:18).
Then, as the new President was sworn in, the 21 Gun Salute went off, and I thought we were being attacked (HA). The man in front of me turned around who also jumped at the sound, and said “It would have been great if they would have given us a heads up, RIGHT?!?!”.
And a heads up is exactly what this nation needs.We all need that simple reminder to apologize to each other for our hateful actions, to heal from the chaos, and then to come together to ensure that we can move forward “all for one and one for all” (Three Musketeers style, YO!) in the process of this democratic miracle.
Thus to conclude: “so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (1 Cor. 1:31)
Let us boast together in that, friends!
With an astronomical amount of love,