On Wednesday morning, just before noon, Joe Biden was sworn in as president of the United States, with former U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris sworn in as vice president.
The inauguration was held as there was a tight security presence throughout Washington, D.C. in response to the recent riot at the U.S. Capitol. There was a smaller than usual crowd at National Mall due to the security concerns and pandemic.
Nevertheless, the widely-watched event featured the 78-year-old becoming the oldest president in U.S. history and Harris becoming the first female and first black vice president in U.S. history.
Christian leaders from across the political spectrum offered responses, with many focusing on positive messages for the incoming administration.
The following pages highlight reactions from five prominent Christian leaders to the inauguration and the overall transition of power from Donald Trump to Biden.
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, tweeted his congratulations to the new president.
“Congratulations to President @JoeBiden. You have my prayers for blessing, wisdom, health, and success in leading our country,” posted Moore, getting more than 2,500 likes in fewer than three hours.
Moore had been a years-long critic of Trump. He recently stated in an opinion column that if he had been a member of Congress, “I would vote to impeach.”
“And if I were a United States senator, I would vote to convict. And I would be willing, if necessary, to lose my seat to do so. As a matter of fact, I am willing, if necessary, to lose this seat,” wrote Moore.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski