I’ve never watched an inauguration speech, but I’m sure it is an exhilarating event. With the 44th President of the United States whipping the nation into a frenzy the last few months with rhetoric about saving the nation through change, I understand why there are a couple million people in D.C. today to witness the inauguration festivities.
That said, Doug Wilson posted his brief commentary about the danger of Obama worship. He quotes Acts 12:20-24 in comparing President Obama to King Herod (and Elvis). For those of you who disagree with Wilson, don’t dismiss this immediately – I encourage you to read his brief comments. It convicted me to pray more for our nation and her leader.
Now Herod was angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon, and they came to him with one accord, and having persuaded Blastus, the king’s chamberlain, they asked for peace, because their country depended on the king’s country for food. On an appointed day Herod put on his royal robes, took his seat upon the throne, and delivered an oration to them. And the people were shouting, “The voice of a god, and not of a man!” Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him down, because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and breathed his last. But the word of God increased and multiplied.
Acts 12:20-24 [emphasis mine]
What a contrast between the sweet, easy-on-the-ears words delivered by leaders of men contrasted with the everlasting, convicting, potent Word of God (Hebrews 4:12-13), which has and will continue to increase and multiply. And what a call for the elect to be more excited about the good news of Jesus Christ, which is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16), than about political rhetoric of change, which has no power to cleanse us from our sin. Regardless of the selfish intentions of man, however, God will accomplish his purposes.