“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1 (NIV)
Siblings in Christ, fear not. Our God is with us, even/especially on a day such as this.
While we had a devotional video to share with you this evening, the violence in Washington D.C. today seemed more relevant and deserving of a response. And so our first response tonight will be one guided by prayer. We invite you to join us in praying for peace this evening. We ask that you pray for the police and national guard members who are protecting our nation’s Capitol. We urge you to pray for our democracy.
Those who cloaked violent behaviors today with flags and banners displaying the name of Jesus are misrepresenting our faith. Violence is not the way of Jesus. Undermining truth is not a Christian virtue. To be clear, as Christians we are called to be people of peace and righteousness, a reflection of our God. So, brothers and sisters, our witness in the coming days must be aligned with the values of our faith. It must not be born of fear or frustration. Please do not add fuel to the fire, but instead use your words to support the causes of truth and justice. We will share with you some practical and peaceful ways we will be speaking out against today’s riots in the coming days. For now, let us continue to pray.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Sara and Pastor Justin