Like many of you, I am shocked and grieved by the violence that rocked our nation’s capital this past week. When I heard that the capital had been breached, I was horrified. Then when I turned on the news, I was sickened in the pit of my stomach to see someone rushing into the capital while waving a flag with “Jesus” emblazoned on it.
Friends, let me be perfectly clear: This is NOT the way of Jesus.
No matter how passionately we might hold our various political views, followers of Jesus have a higher calling. We are followers of “the Way,” as the early church was known. We follow the way of Jesus. And the way of Jesus is not just a body of truths, it is a way of life. We pattern our lives after the one who loved His enemies—that would be us—and prayed for those who persecuted Him—again, us. The way of Jesus is non-violent. The way of Jesus is love for enemies. The way of Jesus is the cross. And it is the way we must follow (1 Peter 2:21–24).
Tragically, many people will see that flag bearing the name of Jesus and assume that kind of violence and outrage is what Jesus is all about. I weep when I consider of the damage that has been done this week in tarnishing the name of our Jesus. So let me say it again loud and clear and unequivocally: This is NOT the way of Jesus.
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. (1 Timothy 2:1–4)
You are loved, more than you know!