Presidential Inauguration

Presidential Inauguration

I just listened to the TV interview where you lifted the Huckabee quote from. It becomes clear from the context of the question that his answer that “the constitution comes first” is while serving as the president of the United States. In that context, he is right. Huckabee isn’t running for a pastoral post in a church. He is running for the president of the USA and that would mean [during his Presidential inauguration] he has to make a pledge with his hand on the Bible to uphold the constitution both foreign and domestic.

Please keep the context of a comment in mind when making an assessment of someone’s priorities.

Tim Borseth
Ames, Iowa response:

Thank you for your email. Mike Huckabee and Duncan Hunter's answers were both in the context as president, which doesn't excuse a Christian from God's command to always put Him first.

You also commented on a ceremonial element of Presidential inaugurations. While Presidential inaugurations today do involve the new President swearing on the Bible, this element of Presidential inaugurations should be qualified against Jesus' admonition:

"Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’ But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one."
(Matthew 5:33-37)