I watched the events of last night as I’m sure many of you did.
The site of the chaos in our nation’s capital was something I never thought I’d live to see.
It seems that we live when a segment of our society doesn’t get what it wants, taking to the streets, and causing chaos to become the prescribed method of handling our differences.
This behavior is not God’s Way.
As our society moves further and further from God, we see the hate and violence grow. We see this in the mob actions like yesterday. We now have come to believe that we are entitled to what we want. No matter what.
I pray that we reject the leaders who are playing on our emotions and enticing us to violence. It doesn’t matter if it’s Maxine Waters telling her supporters to harass Trump officials or Donald Trump enraging his followers. Both sides of the debate must reject the tactic of using the mob.
As Christians, we need to lead by example. Liberal, conservative, Catholic, Lutheran, Baptist, Methodist, Non-Denominational, Presbyterian, and others that I missed must come together and demand that this behavior stop right now.
Our church bodies must discipline those who call themselves Christian and engage in this behavior pattern.
We must call our society to live the words of Romans 12:9-21, “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” NIV
It is time to step up to the plate and demand that this behavior cease immediately! We cannot keep making excuses or tolerate this!