Today is inauguration day. Today is a historic day in the United States of America. Today is one of the days that has made America great throughout its 240 years. Today, we the people, witness the peaceful transfer of power from one executive leader to another chosen of the people, by the people, for the people.
I think I’ve made my feelings about Donald Trump abundantly clear throughout the past year. From everything I know about Donald Trump, his sordid professional and personal history, his deplorable words on and off the campaign trail (especially those regarding women and minorities), his antagonizing tweets, and so much more has left me more opposed to him than any other candidate for any public office in my entire adult life. The Donald Trump the world has known leading up to January 20, 2017 horrifies me.
All that being said, I want to believe in the Donald Trump the world will know from January 20, 2017 and beyond. From the moment Donald Trump places his hand on the Bible and swears to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, I want him to have the clean slate of which the Bible speaks. I want him to have the opportunity to prove himself. And, honestly, I want him to prove himself. I want him to prove my resistance to him as President of the United States wrong. I want Donald Trump to be the man to help rescue our nation from the many destructive policies of his predecessor. I want Donald Trump to help get the government off my back and out of my pocketbook. I want Donald Trump to pull back the executive branch of government to its constitutional limits. I want Donald Trump to bring an end to Obama’s endless wars. I want Donald Trump to restrain himself and his administration from spying on American citizens. I want Donald Trump to establish a balanced budget, once and for all. Most of all though, I want Donald Trump to be a humble, servant leader who will inspire a generation of Americans towards a greatness we’ve never known possible.
I do believe Donald Trump has the necessary skills and resources to be the president America needs today. Will he lean on those skills and resources? Will he humble himself to take the advice and input of those surrounding him? Will he treat people from all walks of life with the dignity and respect they deserve? Only he can show us that in the coming days, weeks, and months. As a pastor, I will pray for our new president, as I pray for all whom we elect to serve in public office. I want to believe in Donald Trump. I really do. It’s up to him to show us we can.