“When the trumpet sounded the morning of Inauguration Day, I prayed and then wrote down these thoughts:
The trumpet of empire just sounded while I was reading the sixth chapter of John—which includes verse 15: “When Jesus saw that they were ready to force him to be their king, he slipped away into the hills by himself.” What a sweet contrast of Jesus— who served everyone and then escaped when they wanted to give him political power—on one hand, and the orgy of oppression about to be celebrated later today is humbling.”
I’m really good at expressing outrage and contempt for the evil that is done in the world by the powerful in the name of all those false idols—national security, patriotism, equality, fairness, economic growth, respect for the office, etc.
And though I believe that it’s right to call attention to that stuff, to mock them, I want to get better at living like Jesus and telling people what he is like.
Not only did he refuse power when it was offered to him by the people—the same people who had disobeyed God by asking for a king in the first place (1 Samuel 8:10-22), but he refused power when offered it by Satan (Matthew 4:8-11).