Tuesday, January 20, 2009

So Help Me God

Note that the Constitution does not contain the phrase "So help me God." So how did it become a part of the inauguration tradition? No one knows for sure, although some attribute it to George Washington.

More importantly, what does it mean? Is the one who speaks it simply citing words of a political tradition? Is it a prayer? We can not know the mind and heart of our new president. We can, however, respond to him as the author of 2 Timothy 2 suggests:

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.

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