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Albert Mohler: Our Task Today Is to Pray

As a nation, we have commemorated 58 presidential inaugurations. This week, we mark the 59th. On Wednesday, standing at the West Front of the United States Capitol, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will take the oath of office as the 46th president of the United States. Even after the events of the past few weeks—especially after the events of past weeks—Americans will witness the peaceful transition of power.

A constitutional form of self-government, a government that exists by the consent of the governed, an elected chief executive, require solemnity and dignity with the transfer of power. Our Constitution requires an oath of office, and that oath is made in public, before the nation and the watching world.

All Americans, those who voted for Joe Biden and those who did not, must respect the majesty of our constitutional order and the virtues of citizenship that make it possible.

Our task today is to pray for our nation, and for our new President. May God bless the United States of America.

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Hugh Hewitt: GOP Leaders: Looking Forward

When President Biden completes his oath of office on Wednesday, Senator Mitch McConnell goes from being the most effective Senate Majority Leader the Republicans have had in my lifetime to being the equal of the most influential Senate Minority Leader in history—given the 50/50 split in the Senate.

The GOP’s de facto leader is now McConnell. He’s certainly its most powerful figure and his vast abilities are going to be necessary as a check on the Biden Administration. To guard against a return to the appeasement that defined the Obama years, he’ll be assisted by soon-to-be former Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and key leaders in the Senate like Tom Cotton of Arkansas. On the domestic front, McConnell will counsel will successful governors like Ron DeSantis of Florida and Doug Ducey of Arizona. His colleague in the House, Kevin McCarthy will remain his key partner.

But it is to McConnell that Republicans should look now—and Republicans are blessed to have him.

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Albert Mohler: The Provocative Act of the House

The House of Representatives has just passed a new rule—and, no, it has nothing to do with impeachment.

The new rule—championed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi—establishes guidelines for language related to gender for the 177th Congress.

I’m going to read a portion exactly as it is found in the House Resolution: “In clause 8(c)(3) of rule XXIII, strike, ‘father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law ….” And the list goes on and on.

What you just heard is a disaster—an assault upon creation and an assault on the English language, and yet it’s now the rule of the United States House of Representatives.

There will be no more brothers and sisters, only “siblings.” There will be no more mothers and fathers, only “parents.”

Christians have to understand that complicity in this kind of intentional confusion will come with consequences. It’s not merely a word game.

The House cannot change nature, but it can—and has—set our nation’s official discourse at war with nature.

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Hugh Hewitt: Joe Biden’s Opportunity

President Elect Joe Biden has a historic opportunity to meet the moment with his inaugural address. All Americans should be praying he delivers the speech of his life, and it will need to be, given the deeply divided nation he will be facing.

He will need to have an eye on the disaster of last week, the lost lives and the deep disgrace brought upon the nation. But he will also need to summon Americans to return to the politics of the postwar years, when bipartisan debate turned on how best to defend the country so that all could enjoy its blessings.

Moderation is not easy to argue for after the savage attack on the Capitol by the mob.

But it is moderation that we need now.

Partisan dangers and sweeping condemnation will not help the new president achieve what is needed. Appeals to reason and civility could help him—in Lincoln’s words—“bind up the nation’s wounds.”

… And healing is what the nation needs.

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