And So It Begins
Ramon Arias | January 23, 2017
Donald J. Trump is the 45th President of the United States of America.
Millions of people around the world watched the traditional changing of the administration that this nation instituted two centuries ago. The expectation and reasons for the new government are to carry out an effective plan for its national restoration and upon those bases possibly restructure its international relationships, if it is going to survive. Millions in opposition are now seeing their destructive agenda coming to a screeching halt, and they are in good company with foreign leaders that just don’t know what to make of Trump. Rest assured, that after his inaugural message, they are scrambling to get as much background knowledge as they can to understand the mind of the new most powerful man in the world.
Two visions of light and darkness openly collide, and the lines are drawn. Thursday night, at the closing of the pre-Inaugural Concert there was an outstanding fireworks display that awed the audience; however, the most spectacular moment during the fireworks extravaganza was when the U.S. Army Band played, and the U.S. Army Choir sang The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Just by reading the lyrics you will see why this was spectacular:
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord; He is trampling out the vintage where grapes of wrath are stored; He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword, His truth is marching on.
CHORUS: Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! His truth is marching on.
I have seen Him in the watchfires of a hundred circling camps; They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps; I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps, His day is marching on.
He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat; He is sifting out the hearts of men before His Judgement Seat. Oh! Be swift, my soul, to answer Him, be jubilant, my feet! Our God is marching on.
In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea, With a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me; As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free, While God is marching on.
Read the history of how this hymn came about at civilianwar.org. It was written November 1861, and the nation was in a fratricidal war that ended in1865. You can hear the Hymn and see the fireworks here.
During the presidential inauguration, The Battle Hymn of the Republic reiterated in many ways at the beginning and at the end through prayers and readings from the Bible that were offered not to any Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist or any other god but only to the True God and Sovereign Ruler of the nations.
Trump’s inaugural message to the nation and the world is one that we will analyze in depth in the days and weeks to come on our radio program “The Future of America” accessed here which is heard in many countries including Spanish-speaking countries. You don’t have to wait; you can do it for yourself.
In Trump’s speech, there is a marked difference of the two Americas; here are some examples:
We the citizens of America have now joined a great national effort to rebuild our county and restore its promise for all our people.
Together we will determine the course of America for many, many years to come.
Together we will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.
Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another – but transferring it from Washington DC and giving it back to you the people
Today, January 20, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.
The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. Everyone is listening to you now.
At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction, that a nation exists to serve its citizens. Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves. These are just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public...
We are one nation and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams. And their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny. The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.
We are protected and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement. And most importantly, we will be protected by God...
And we will discover new allegiance to each other. There is no room for prejudice.
The bible tells us how good and pleasant it is when god’s people live together in unity. [Psalm 133:1]
From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.
We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the earth from the miseries of disease, to harvest the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.
A new national pride will stir ourselves, lift our sights and heal our divisions.
We all enjoy the same glorious freedoms and we all salute the same great American flag and whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look at the same night sky, and dream the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath by the same Almighty Creator.
It was so refreshing to hear Trump make reference 49 times to “We” while the “I” only three times. He is right and it is the “we” who will determine the outcome and no one else to blame if “we” fail.
We pray that God heard and answered our prayers in the results of this recent presidential election. Now, we must not fail Him and work tirelessly, with unwavering determination to grow in His knowledge always abounding in His love and work.
“… Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more” Luke 12:48 (ESV)