The Associate Press reports that pro-Trump supporters tried to break into the House Chamber and a woman died from injuries after she was shot inside the US Capitol Building. The violence continues; both sides have been agitating for some time now and, we should not be surprise that, every now and then, we will see the fruit of their language and instigation. It is indeed another sad day in America.
I heard a conservative personality telling us that we should stop praying and do something; he even went as far as quoting James 2:20 reminding us that faith without action is dead. He stated that the Capitol is ours and that we should not ask permission to go in whenever we feel like it. As I was listening to this man, I was not aware of the murder that took place inside the Capitol Building. I am not sure if this man was aware either.
What should be our response as believers? Should we allow this instigation to also affect us? Should we march in Washington, protest the results of the election and make our presence be felt in America? Let me make a few points and attempt to answer this question:
- We are in this world, but we are not of this world (John 17:16).
- The god of this world is Satan (2 Corinthians 4:4)
- The secular world will NEVER change; it will go from bad to worse until it faces the final judgment: The secular world is Babylon (Revelation 17) We are actually called to get out this secular system (Revelation 18:4) This romantic idea that we are called to change the world is not Biblical.
- Our great commission is to preach the gospel and make disciples: (Mark 16:15 / Matthew 28:16-20) This is our job… period! We snatch folks from the kingdom of darkness to God’s kingdom.
- If we are going to fight for something, Jude tells us exactly what to fight for and how:
Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. 4 For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. Jude 1:3-4 (NIV)
The focus of our fight or struggle is for the faith; to make sure false teachers are expose; to expose evil amongst us, false doctrines, unrepented sin, immorality and to keep Jesus at the center of our faith. Beloved, as tempting as it is for many who are consumed with politics, we as believers are not called to be preoccupied with the affairs of this world. Paul tells Timothy, “No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.” 2 Timothy 2:4 (NIV) Our commander is Jesus, and the focus is the gospel. As I said many times before, sin is the problem, the gospel is the solution. Lastly, call it voter’s fraud all you want to; the Bible is clear. God places our leaders… all of them. Romans 13:1-2 tell us,
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. (NIV)
We have now a new president; this will be official in a few days; the congress will continue to be democrat and now the Senate is democrat also as the tiebreaker will be in Kamala Harris hands. This is the new America! Leaders are there for judgment or for blessing; but our mission as believers is unchanging. Things will get worse on the world; they will get very bad for us in the last days (Matthew 24) The mission is the same; Jesus tells us,
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:14 (NIV)