On Wednesday, Jan. 6, the world witnessed a monumental event in American history when a roused and angry mob stormed the United States Capitol and pushed its way inside to wreak havoc and instill fear. Five people died in the mayhem, and many more will bear emotional scars lasting a lifetime.
As I watched these events on the news, I could hardly believe what I was seeing. I was particularly disturbed by the sight of a man marching forward waving a giant flag with the words “Jesus” printed on it - a sad reminder that the name of Jesus Christ has historically, and continues to be, appropriated for evil agendas.
Read the Sermon on the Mount (as contained in the Gospel of Mathew, chapters 5, 6, and 7) and you will soon see that the teachings and mission of Jesus are diametrically opposed to those who use his name to attack, exploit, or oppress others.
As the American people, and the world, continue to digest the act of insurrection south of the border, let us pray for the American people, for true reconciliation. Let us pray that the victims of hate in this land and everywhere would find healing and wholeness, and that those who move with hearts filled with hatred, would find forgiveness and new life through Jesus Christ, the one who came into the world to give himself for all.