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A Sad And Sickening Day

by Pastor Phil Rikard on January 07, 2021

As I write this article I am still trying to process what occurred in our nation’s capital on Wednesday. The hallowed halls of our democracy stormed by our own citizens. How did we get here? Honestly, even to the casual observer, this outcome should come as no real surprise. The drift of sin and misplaced allegiance knows no bounds. Scripture teaches that “sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4). As one writer put it, “sin always takes you further than you wanted to go, keeps you longer than you wanted to stay, and costs you more than you wanted to pay.” The sin of our nation, across the political spectrum, has taken us further than we wanted to go. There are consequences to our words, our attitudes and the posture of our hearts. We are feeling the weight of those consequences today. The question is, where do we go from here?

As a follower of Christ and as your Pastor, my challenge to you and to every true believer is threefold:

1. Evaluate your allegiance
For the true follower of Christ, Jesus alone is Lord and this world is not our home. The convolution of Christianity and political affiliation is a dangerous endeavor. I was grieved to see many in the mob carrying Christian flags as if Jesus were with them on this errand. Take a moment today to honestly evaluate your allegiance, just as Peter and the apostles did before the Sanhedrin.

We must obey God rather than men.
Acts 5:29 (NIV)

2. Let the words of God be your guide
Extract yourself from any other narrative. The word of God is true, the narratives of political parties anything but. Measure your steps and the motives of men by the word of God alone.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
Psalm 119:105 (NIV)

3. Pray for our nation
We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. There are no innocent parties here. May this be a turning point, a wake-up call for us to “be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32). May we lead the way as ambassadors for Christ in the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18). Pray for our nation.

Blessed is the nation who's God is the LORD.
Psalm 33:12 (NIV)

With a heavy heart,
Pastor Phil