I confess that I missed the disturbing attack at the Capitol yesterday, because I was in a 6-hour, worship and working meeting with our fellow Anglican bishops.
I do not know the full details of the attack on the Capitol . . . While there are some facts known, there are still is a lot of unknowns. I don’t know the identities of the people who illegally stormed the Capitol and what their individual or corporate intent was. Was it one group or a disconnected group of anarchists? Either way, the attack was treacherous and against the law. As of this morning, we know many citizens broke the law, threatened our democratic process, put police and elected officials in harm’s way, destroyed property, and at least 4 people were killed. Thankfully, the visible insurrection has been stopped.
Watching news footage late last night, I kept thinking about the hatred, repetitive destruction, riots, burnings, theft, physical attacks and cold-blooded murders we have seen in our country in the last year. From Portland, Philadelphia, New York, Seattle, Minneapolis, Kenosha, and Louisville to our nation’s Capitol! What in the world? Pure evil! And according to Scripture, we have an INTERNAL problem.
A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart.
Clearly, whatever the city and whatever the professed reason(s), we are seeing a lot of evil things from the treasury of our citizen’s hearts. Maybe even from our own hearts. Lord have mercy!
It is never ok to steal, kill and destroy . . . ironically, that is what the bible attributes to as the work of Satan.
It is never ok to threaten, belittle and physically attack others.
At present, our country reminds me of a book I read in 8th grade called Lord of The Flies. This 1954 novel written by Nobel Prize winning author, William Golding, is a story of a group of well-groomed, British prep schoolboys whose airplane crashes at sea and they maroon on what looks to be an island paradise. In spite of the boys’ background of wealth, privilege and education, they devolve into feral savages, with contention, suspicion, strife, setting the island on fire, and killing.
I thought of two things I want to tell my grandchildren in a time of such hatred and wickedness:
First is a word from 1 Timothy 2:
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
The call is to pray for those in authority and to live peaceful, quiet and holy lives, and for all people to come to knowledge of the Truth and under the Lordship of Jesus Christ!
The second thing I want to share with my grandkids is a quote from Charles Spurgeon that I saw on Natalie Grant’s Instagram last night:
“The world’s one and only remedy is the cross.”
The cure to what ails our country will not be found in a political party, a political leader or at the ballot box. The cure for what ails us will only be found in a Savior. As Jesus’ followers, we are commanded to live in a new kingdom for His glory. He is the only one worthy of our affection and worship.