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Anger and Lament

Posted by Justin Pearson on

Brothers and sisters,

I didn't get much done today. I couldn't. I found my emotions reeling between anger and lament.

What happened at the US Capitol today was appalling, abhorrent, and inexcusable.

As Russell Moore, President of the ERLC, said today, "Christians sometimes have different interpretations of Romans 13. There is no interpretation of Romans 13 under which this is anything other than an abomination."

I cried today after my son came downstairs while all of this was going on to ask me if he could go see if a friend could play. He didn't know what was going on, and in some ways I am thankful for that. But I didn't know what was going on. My head and heart were all over the place. 

And they still are. I have so many thoughts. Some that might be helpful, others that likely wouldn't be. 

But I know that what happened today was wrong and unjust on multiple levels and for multiple reasons that I won't get into here and now.

I am thankful for our country for many reasons. I am also sad and frustrated with our country for many reasons.

But my hope and your hope are not in this country. They can't be. If we are in Christ, we are primarily citizens of a Kingdom that is not of this world. This place is not our home or hope.

Nevertheless, we are called to do good while we are here for the sake of our neighbor, whether they look like us or not, whether we agree with them or not. 

As followers of Jesus, we should stand up for justice and moral order for all people at all times because it is the call of our Crucified and Risen King.

That means we must be unequivocal in our commitment to our King and his Kingdom, not any shape or form of civil religion or political idolatry. Both of which were on display today.

The days ahead for our country will be challenging and interesting. May we strive to be peacemakers and pray-ers who make much of Jesus in all we think, say, and do.

As you might also find yourself oscillating between anger and lament (and that is okay), I will leave you with this:

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 2:1–5 ESV)

If you want to talk more or pray, let me know. I'd be happy to do both.

.grace and peace.
Justin

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