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(un)healthy dose of cynicism?

If you number yourself among the people who wants to focus on the hope and excitement of the day – read no further.

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As I watch some of the coverage of the inauguration, many thoughts enter into my mind.

I find myself thinking about the great moments in history, the great parades thrown for victorious conquerors, political victors, and religious figures.

It is amazing how the language of a moment like this cannot help but draw upon the transcendent language of Christianity, only ‘religious’ words get anywhere close to describing the excitement of these kinds of epically hopeful moments.

My mind is stuck on the most important parade that has ever been thrown – the crowd composed by citizens of Jerusalem celebrating the arrival of the Messiah, the Great King, and Liberator of Jerusalem.

The adoration that they showed Christ as they prepared to way for the King to make his entry into the chosen city of God . . .

The passion that caused them to hopefully shout:  “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of or father David! Hosanna in the highest!” . . .

This was the same passion that, their hopes being unfulfilled, led Jerusalem’s blessing to turn to curses being cast upon the Messiah.

Such soaring language has been thrown around this morning, such praise, hope, and adoration!

What is it going to take for this crowd’s praises to turn to curses?

Is there any way for Obama to please the millions of people gathered in Washington, D.C.? The millions upon millions gathered around television screen and computer monitors around this country?

What will happen when this crowd’s hopes come crashing to the ground?

Let the things to come be a reminder that what we need, what we must have, is Christ – who laid down his life, being put to death by his enemies; who was buried for three days; who was raised in glory; who is going to be returning with all his glory and splendor; and who will not disappoint.

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Fair assessment of the fanfair surrounding the inauguration?

Healthy or unhealthy cynicism?

Your thoughts . . .

  1. January 20, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Great summary. That’s pretty much what I’ve been thinking recently, and especially tonight (for me here in Doha) as I’ve been watching this. I joked around that people’s rhetoric is like they’re seeing Jesus return to usher in the eternal kingdom, but you’re exactly right in your parallel to the Palm Sunday parade. It’ll be interesting to see if/when people turn as they did.

    Thanks for this.

  1. January 20, 2009 at 1:17 pm

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