Pray for Safety and Spiritual Significance at the Inaugural Ceremonies!

america_flagSupreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will swear in Vice President-elect Mike Pence, at this week’s Inaugural ceremony, when he takes the oath of office on Friday.

Justice Thomas was recently snubbed by ethnic elitists and denied a place in the new National Museum of African American History and Culture on the Mall, in D.C. He will now be part of history, becoming the first black Supreme Court justice to ever swear in the president or vice president, while overlooking the Mall, in D.C.

Administering the oath of office to the incoming president has, historically, been the role of the chief justice of the Supreme Court. Accordingly, Chief Justice John Roberts will swear in President-elect Donald Trump.

However, the incoming vice president may decide who will administer his oath of service, at the special Inaugural event. For instance, Vice President Joe Biden was sworn in by Justice John Paul Stevens in 2009 and Justice Sonia Sotomayor did the honors for Biden in 2013. Even senators and ranking House leaders have fulfilled the role.

franklin-graham-bgeaFranklin Graham, son of Evangelist Billy Graham, is scheduled to pray at this Inaugural ceremony, as his father has at many prior Inaugural ceremonies, going back to Eisenhower. The Graham Evangelistic Association offers a free PDF copy of a prayer resource showing how to pray for our new president, new Congress, and local elected officials. “How to Pray for Our Leaders” is available as a free download, at their website.

Prayer across our nation during the entire Inauguration Day is important since the left-wing #DisruptJ20 activists have allegedly planned disruptive demonstrations and even threats of violence. One group was caught on undercover video planning to place explosive “stink bomb” devices, earlier this week, at an event at the National Press Club—just one block from the U.S. Capitol.

If those failed, a hidden video revealed these angry losers, who apparently were never taught as children how to accept defeat with dignity, planned to trigger the fire sprinkler system, forcing attendees to evacuate outside in cold weather conditions.

A second video included other disruptive details they planned, like blockading streets, disrupting train traffic, “throat-punching” as appropriate and other “civil disobedience,” including some that they openly boast may be cause for arrests.

As a strict constitutionalist and one of the Court’s four conservative jurists, Justice Thomas addressed the crisis caused when judges attempt to “legislate from the bench,” during a speech to the Federalist Society last month. He said:

“Today it is the view of many that the Supreme Court is the giver of liberties — what an odd conception of governance that ‘We the People’ are dependent on the third branch of government to grant us our freedom.”

Thomas said the result is that some judges go beyond the intent of the Founding Fathers and are “busy designing the Constitution — as Justice [Antonin] Scalia once quipped — instead of interpreting it.” He went on:

“With such unchecked judicial power, we leave it for the least accountable branch to decide what newly discovered rights should be appended to our Constitution.”

His criticism of “unchecked judicial power” is a concern that Pence also shares. In a 2010 speech, as a congressman, he said, “The modern presidency has drifted far from the great strength and illumination of its source: the Constitution.”

President Trump will nominate a replacement for the deceased Justice Scalia, during his first weeks in office. He has already submitted a list of possible candidates, who share the constitutionalist viewpoints of interpreting the laws of the land objectively, as they were written and understood, rather than trying to give subjective reformation to them.

And, as liberal justices retire or resign throughout the federal judiciary, the president will have opportunities to continue to add judicial conservatives to the bench, as he seeks to “Make America Great Again.” Such appointments may be his greatest contribution to the future of (as radio host Michael Medved says each day) “this greatest country on God’s green earth!”

Simple, Practical Ways You Can Pray For America Before Inauguration Day
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“I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”  (1 Timothy 2:1-2 ESV)

About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at worshipontheway.wordpress.com. Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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