God has ordained the Church, not the state, to bring true hope and change. Just as those on the right were wrong to view the inauguration of George W. Bush as a prophetic fulfillment, those on the left are wrong to view the inauguration of Barack Obama as the coronation of the political Messiah. The State is not the answer (to paraphrase Ronald Reagan); the gospel is the answer. The more we trust in the State, the less we trust in the Lord. A prayer offered by a mega-church pastor will not change the fact that we are living in a wicked land. “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20 ESV) Or in the case of Gene Robinson, Woe to those who would call an alcoholic who left his wife and family in pursuit of sodomy, Bishop. And woe to those who would call upon such a man to invoke the God of Heaven at any event.