A strange sight

In the photo above, U.S. Capitol Police Officers aim their firearms at protesters attempting to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.

I’m trying to cultivate a Biblical mindset of being a pilgrim and a sojourner in this temporal world rather than a deeply-rooted nationalist. That said, it was disturbing to see the assault on the U.S. Capitol Building by protesters today. I’ve been around for 64 years and have seen a lot of things, but nothing quite like what I saw today.

From a spiritual perspective, the vast majority of the protesters don’t know Jesus Christ as Savior and neither do their political rivals. This world system with ALL of its institutions is a foundation of sand. The world system offers no lasting security or stability.

24 Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” – Matthew 7:24-27

11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.” – 1 Peter 2:11-12

“For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.” – Hebrews 13:14

22 thoughts on “A strange sight

  1. Amen! Thank you for this, Tom!
    Glory to our God sitting on His throne-through Jesus the Christ seated at God’s right hand! This very moment 🙏🏻🙌❤️

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      1. Yes, we can sleep like babes amidst the turmoil. I can’t imagine what’s going on in the minds of unbelievers as their temporal foundations shift and crack. Yesterday evening, after order was restored and the legislators reconvened, I heard a couple of them plead for national unity so that America could once again be the “city set on a hill” as an example to all nations. Argh! That is a misappropriation of Matthew 5:14. It is we believers, the church, who are the city set on a hill. Our message is not political. Our message is Jesus Christ and the Good News! of salvation in Him!

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    1. The temporal, worldly foundations are being shaken. Yes, we need to prayerfully keep our focus on Jesus Christ as the turmoil and increases. Thank you and love and blessings to you and Nathan.

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  2. Important and timely post Tom. As far back as wealthy Abraham, godly men were “longing for a better country – a heavenly one.” I note the next words, “Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God…”
    I want to live with my sites fixed on the coming Kingdom, not ensnared by retaining a ‘good life’ here. Not easy, but I pray for the Holy Spirit to renew our hearts & minds.
    Press on dear brother.

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    1. I heard a comment from a pro-Republican FOX TV host yesterday that there was ironically no outrage from the Democratic side last summer when BLM protesters were looting and vandalizing businesses and homes in multiple cities throughout the country. Point taken. But we believers can’t allow ourselves to become enmeshed in these political feuds. It’s not hard to see that the identification and involvement with political extremism by some evangelicals will help precipitate the persecution of the church. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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  3. Thank you again for addressing yesterday’s happenings. I pray something worse doesn’t happen in the next few days. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith”.

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  4. What we all saw and watched yesterday has never happened in any of our lifetimes in the United States. However it has happened in so many other countries in my lifetime.The Us has been spared for all this time of it, but in this fallen world we can’t expect it would never happen. In 2000, something like this happened in Ecuador (where my beloved 1st girlfriend came from) A group of angry protestors stormed the Ecuadorian Capitol building and where joined by a group of sympathetic military officers and actually made the President at the time resign! The people were mad because that Ecuadorian President abandoned their longtime currency and adopted the US Dollar as their new currency. All that being said, no matter what the chaos, we must continue reaching the lost and sharing Jesus’ good news of salvation to the lost. We must be the voice in the wilderness. God is allowing all these things to happen, and he has a reason for all of it

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    1. Thanks for the information re: Ecuador. I grew up in the U.S. in the 1960s and some of the protest movements back then were similarly tense (anti-Vietnam, civil rights/race riots). A few weeks ago there were reports that Trump was considering declaring martial law. There was a long build-up to yesterday’s event as if something major was going to happen and it regrettably did. Yes, the Gospel is our priority in this temporal turmoil.

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