Some were surprised, while others say they weren’t. The world watched people who claimed to be ‘patriots’ storm the United States Capital. While vilifying both peaceful and violent protests during 2020, they portrayed their cause as noble. Really?
It’s amazing how some people feel they own the narrative of what takes place in America. They feel they get to determine what’s unacceptable and what’s necessary…What’s disgraceful and what’s honorable based on their myopic perspective.
As people responded to this foolishness, I heard many people rationalize, “This isn’t who we are!” “This is not how we solve things in America. “
I do agree that conflicts should be solved peacefully, but to say, ‘THAT’S NOT US’ simply isn’t true.
Our nation was born through violence.
The land we all enjoy was violently taken from Native Americans and instead of honoring them… gave them less than second class status.
When freed slaves simply wanted to enjoy their new freedom, before the Reconstruction could ‘reconstruct’, they were quickly, and violently ‘put back into their place’ to ‘protect their former oppressors ‘way of life’.
As descendants of slaves struggled for decency, they were harassed, lynched, beaten, and shot by people who claimed to represent our Lord and Savior Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ).
My grandparents and their contemporaries were threatened, beaten and murdered if they tried to exercise their right to vote.
Our movies portrayed Native Americans as savages while fighting to protect their land and painted the cowboys as heroes.
Americans love to see the action heroes violently ‘put down’ the criminals while sexing up the women.
Movie theaters and living rooms erupt in cheers as ‘nerd’ who’s been bullied throughout the entire movie finally ‘beats up’ the bully.
Organize crime and gangs of all races thrive through violence.
Christians love so-called ‘strong language’ and threats to blow our enemies off the map if they ‘mess with’ the United States.
Believers put more effort into defending their gun rights than they did to keep prayer in schools. Rather than embrace 2 Chronicles 20 when the priest declared to Jehoshaphat that, “The battle isn’t yours, it’s the Lords” and God fought their battle for them…they want to be King David who ‘killed his ten thousands’. But, because of the blood on his hands was not allowed by God to build the temple (2 Samuel Chapter 7).
People are more passionate about the ‘right to bear arms’ than ‘thou shalt not kill’.
Too many Christians are quick to subtly threaten you by saying, “I haven’t been saved all my life” or “Don’t make me go back to my old self”.
America loves bumper stickers that say, “I will shoot you in the yard and drag you in the house!”
Sometimes it takes so little to bring out the worst in us, but so much to bring out the best!
Ideally, in a perfect world, we solve our problems through peace, but when you look at America’s history and look at our country today…America is
and justifies violence when convenient.
This is us!
I love the way so many people of both sides of the current political battle have denounced the D.C. riots, but some are still subtly justifying it as noble cause.
I love America. We are better than this.
That’s why I’m sharing this reminder and admonition…
This is a season for Americans of all races and cultures to repent of how we grieve the Spirit of God with our weaknesses.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.