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Was the Capitol Riot a 'Christian Insurrection'? Why We Must 'Live as Though the Truth Were True'

A man wearing a shirt with a Red Cross at the capitol riots, Was the riot at the Capitol a Christian Insurrection

Faith leaders were “nearly unanimous in condemning” the assault, as NPR reported on January 7. But evangelicals are nonetheless being widely blamed for the riot.

The Washington Post headlined: “Trump’s evangelicals were complicit in the desecration of our democracy.” The Atlantic called the riots “a Christian insurrection” and added, “Many of those who mobbed the Capitol on Wednesday claimed to be enacting God’s will.” Religion News Service stated, “Evangelicals must denounce the Christian nationalism in Capitol riots.” This article is one such denunciation.

After the Capitol Riots: Three Questions Everyone Is Asking and a Biblical Path to Empowering Purpose

A man cleaning up following the invasion of the Capitol, A biblical path to empowering purpose

I’d like to write the sermon for you that I would preach this Sunday. I am doing so after spending all day Thursday in radio interviews with stations around the country; the questions I was asked are questions everyone seems to be asking today. I hope my “sermon” will help answer them and offer you a path to empowering purpose.

Our Hope Is Rooted in Christ, Not Politics

A cross the Bible and the American flag, most practicing Christians think America is blessed by God

The violence in D.C. and across the United States reveals the state of our hearts as a country. Storming the Congress and the Senate is not the solution to the problems of our country. The solution isn’t in political activism either. The solution is found in Jesus Christ alone.

What if What We Saw Yesterday at the Capitol Is Us?

Broken glass of the Capitol Windows

Yesterday, when President-elect Biden said that the actions of the mob did not reflect America, I wish he were correct. But he wasn’t. We are not a moral nation. We are lawless. We are not a nation that cultivates the kinds of families able to produce good citizens. Our institutions cannot be trusted to tell us the truth or advance the good. Our leaders think and live as if wrong means are justified by preferred ends. Our churches tickle ears and indulge narcissism. Our schools build frameworks of thinking that are not only wrong, but foster confusion and division.

Chaos in Washington as Protesters Descend on the Capitol: Two Biblical and Urgent Responses

Trump supporters storm the US capitol

Protesters from a pro-Trump rally stormed the Capitol today, clashing with police and causing authorities to lock down the buildings. This violence is appalling and must stop. We are commanded to “repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all” (Romans 12:17). I understand that many Americans believe the election was rigged and stolen. However, such allegations do not justify the violence I am watching in our nation’s capital.

The Latest on the Georgia Runoff and Explaining Congress and the Electoral College

The US Capitol building, explaining the Electoral College

Long after the political events of this week are over, every person you know will still need the eternal life only Jesus can offer. Our political engagement, even when motivated by a desire for truth and integrity in our political system, can be so divisive and caustic that nonbelievers will judge Christ by Christians and reject both.

This is why it is imperative to “let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:29).

Unexplained Light: The Darkness Has Not Overcome it

outer space, Unexplained Light

After recently discovering evidence of light in deep space, many scientists were left puzzled and searching for logical answers to what the unexplained glow was. Perhaps, it would be easier to see God in “the heavens” He made, if we weren’t so convinced of our ability to explain everything by purely naturalistic causes or even, as some do, to dismiss all supernatural causes. Maybe our gut instinct to look upward when we encounter the unexplained is the right one. If the heavens indeed “declare the glory of God,” we’d do well to listen.

How to 'Receive Divine Joy'

happy and joyful woman with arms in the air in a sunflower field, prayers of joyful defiance in tired world

Every day this year, you and I will be tempted to make anything and anyone but Jesus the unifying Person and purpose of our lives. Some have made politics their purpose, others sexual freedom, others material prosperity, and still others personal happiness. But as we march past the coffins waiting for us all (if the Lord tarries), remember this fact: “Neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).