“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord'” (Luke 2:10-11).
The events that took place at the capital of the United States yesterday is heartbreaking, unacceptable, and inexcusable.
I am not quite sure what to say. I have been in countries where the freedom and the democracy of those nations were squashed. I was in Syria under the Assad regime. I was in South Africa during Apartheid when Mandela was still in jail. I’ve spent time in Uganda when the country was just coming out of its civil war and there were still piles of human bones by the side of the roads.
Things like what took place at the capital happen in those places. They don’t take place in the United States of America!!! Yet they did.
Americans have the right to protest.
Americans have the right to believe that the election is stolen.
But no American has the right to violate laws and disrupt the constitutional processes of validating the electoral votes that was being conducted by our duly elected leaders.
No American has the right to enter illegally into the very halls of democracy in our capital.
There was nothing right about what happened in storming the capital.
And then it hit me.
Our world doesn’t need the church to believe in Jesus. Our world needs a church to start living like Jesus.
I’ve been lamenting the events in our nation’s capital and was reminded that today is Epiphany – the day the church celebrates the manifestation of Jesus.
I can’t think of anything more needed today than for God’s manifestation of his love for the world. And it dawns on me that, perhaps, God has always wanted his church to be the vehicle of showing the world how much he loves them.
Let’s get to work church.