Today, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, we will witness the transfer of power from one U.S. President to another.

This is a stressful time for many people. Let us remember that regardless of who is the POTUS, Jesus Christ is still Lord of all.

Presidents will come and go, governments will rise and fall, and life is full of change. Yet, God is always faithful.

We can and must pray for our leaders, our neighbors, our enemies, and ourselves. We can and must do what we can to make the world around us a fair and honest place to live and grow.

We can and must work for equality and inclusion in our community, nation, and world. Nothing can stop us from doing this, except ourselves.

Jesus said: “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not stand,” (Mark 3:24,25, NRSV).

Herein lies the challenge; to unite our nation, not divide it. Or better said, do not expand the divide that already threatens this nation.

Fighting among ourselves will not bring healthy change. Equality and inclusion cannot be achieved apart from love. Love dictates that we uphold the dignity of every individual, including those that embrace viewpoints that differ from ours, and those who are not like us.

As Americans, we are assured of our rights to free speech and expression, but that does not give us the freedom to harass, insult, or abuse one another. Our Nation was founded on biblical principles, and we have been commanded to love one another as Christ loves us (John 15:12-17).

The prophet Joel prophesied, and the Book of Acts repeated, that in these days, God will pour out the Holy Spirit on all persons, and that there will be signs in heaven above and on the earth below; that the day of judgment will come as foretold, and that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Joel 2:28-32; Acts 2:21). I believe the most important question is, who is the Lord of your life?

The responsibility rests with each one of us to call everyone we can to accept Jesus Christ as Lord of all, in every heart.

But that call and acceptance is just the beginning of the journey to salvation. What follows is our responsibility to seek the heart and mind of Christ in our own heart and mind. This is achieved by personal study and meditation, and fellowship with other believers.

Who is Lord of your life? When will you transfer the power over your life to Jesus Christ? Only the Lord knows. Blessings and peace to you now and forever.

Rev. David Bridges is the pastor at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Grove. He can be reached at frdavid@standrewsgrove.org.