What do we do now? That’s the question my mind.
I read recently that those who claim to be Christians need to remember who we serve…and act like it. We are called to be Christ-like. We are called to serve. We are called to love. We are called to consider others with more importance than ourselves. (Phil 2:3)
We are called to use our freedom for good.
“For you, my brothers, were called to freedom; only do not let your freedom become an opportunity for the sinful nature (worldliness, selfishness), but through love serve and seek the best for one another.” Galatians 5:13
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
If you visit the White House website, you’ll find this explanation of the First Amendment:
The First Amendment provides that Congress make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting its free exercise. It protects freedom of speech, the press, assembly, and the right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.https://www.whitehouse.gov/about-the-white-house/the-constitution/
This brings me to the reason for my question…the riot at the Capitol.
The insurrection was carried out by many people from across the nation. But it was not a peaceful protest…it was a violent attack on our nation’s capitol.
It was an attack on freedom.
A portion of people who claimed to be “patriots” chose to try to destroy the very place that makes the laws that uphold their right to speak and peacefully protest. They stormed the capitol and turned “we the people” into “we the mob”. Many are being arrested and charged with federal crimes…and rightfully so.
This attack was not someone writing letters of disagreement to their congressman or airing their grievances from a podium at a community meeting. Instead, the crowd brought pipe bombs and Molotov cocktails. Some even came dressed in full tactical gear and with other props that could be used to hold people hostage.
This was not a group of people taking an intentional peaceful knee (as afforded them the right to do in the first amendment). No…this was an angry mob taking the capitol by intentional and violent force.
And they came prepared for violence.
This act of domestic terrorism led to five deaths, including the death of an officer who was trying to stop it.
The Lord is not surprised by the events of last week.
Or the events of today.
He is not surprised by any of our selfish, sinful deeds.
And thus, I am again humbled by the fact that “God so loved the world…” and the fact that Jesus willingly laid down His life and picked it up again…for our eternal freedom.
So what do we do now?
We repent…while we still have the physical and spiritual freedom to do so.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.2 Chronicles 7:14