Not ALL of the events that took place were horrible. For instance, there was a large group of Christians who were assembled and marching while they prayed for our nation. Another thing was that our governmental leaders were assembled to execute their sworn duty. Whether I agree with an elected official or not I am called on by the Lord to uphold them in prayer. It is much easier for me to pray heartfelt prayers for someone I agree with but my feelings are not the standard by which I need to conduct my life, Lord help me.
Another good thing that was taking place was that people were gathered to protest against what they feel is an injustice in our electoral process. When it became ugly, pathetic and horrible was when some of them stormed the Capital building. I think it’s very important to remember that not everyone who was protesting stormed the Capital.
When protest turns violent it’s no longer within our rights as citizens of a free nation. Uncontrolled anger is always to be condemned and yesterday’s assault on the Capital was uncontrolled anger and is to be condemned.
As horrible as the recent violence has been during 2020 the assault on the Capital rises to another level. Yes, the vandalism and attacks on public and private properties such as the Courthouse in Portland Oregon and various police stations and monuments, churches, synagogues and countless privately owned and operated business’ is also to be condemned. We should also remember that not every protestor was vandalizing and looting.
Right now people are looking for someone to blame and there certainly needs to be accountability and consequences for these actions. But would it possible for each of us to look into our own heart and see if there’s any hatred that’s either obvious or hiding in the shadows and renounce it and evict it from our life. It’s time for us all to live by the golden rule that tells us to treat others as we want to be treated. We can also get guidance from this passage of scripture –
James 1:19 So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; 20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
I continue to love my country and I will continue to pray, please join me.
On Friday, January 8th @7pm we'll be praying at Living Water Church, if you can join us please do.
Thank you Pastor...very well said...see you Friday.
Will be there
Oh so true see you tonight for some desperately needed prayer for our nation
Rightly said pastor! I’m seriously praying for America for God’s mercy and healing. Many thanks and appreciation to you and the rest of the pastoral team, the praise and worship team and the tech team who kept the services going. You did a great job! God bless
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