Jim Denison on Four Biblical Responses to the Capitol Assault

The U.S. Congress early Thursday morning certified the Electoral College vote making Joe Biden the 46th president of the United States. Vice President Mike Pence confirmed Mr. Biden’s victory at 3:41 a.m. ET.

The historic vote followed a scene I never thought I would see: the U.S. Capitol was breached yesterday for the first time since the War of 1812. One of the protesters, a U.S. Air Force veteran named Ashli Babbitt, was shot and killed. Three other people died of what Washington Police Chief Robert Contee called “separate medical emergencies.” Fourteen officers were injured in the riots as well.

President George W. Bush called the attack “a sickening and heartbreaking sight” and stated, “This is how election results are disputed in a banana republic—not our democratic republic.” Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.), a former CIA case officer, said, “This is what we see in failing countries. This is what leads to a death of democracy.”

My purpose today is to offer biblical context on this tragic moment in our nation’s history.

One: Violence against our Capitol and electoral process must be condemned. 

Scripture says of our Lord, “His soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence” (Psalm 11:5). Solomon instructed us, “Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways” (Proverbs 3:31).

I watched last night on television as authorities lit the U.S. Capitol brightly, both to help police remove protesters and to illumine this beautiful building as a beacon to the world. The assault on our Capitol was an assault on our nation.

All Americans must condemn the mob actions we witnessed. Silence is not an option. Unless we respond proactively and redemptively, this senseless assault will only deepen the divisions in our nation.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jim Denison

Adapted from Dr. Jim Denison’s daily cultural commentary at www.denisonforum.org. Jim Denison, Ph.D., is a cultural apologist, building a bridge between faith and culture by engaging contemporary issues with biblical truth. He founded the Denison Forum on Truth and Culture in February 2009 and is the author of seven books, including “Radical Islam: What You Need to Know.” For more information on the Denison Forum, visit www.denisonforum.org. To connect with Dr. Denison in social media, visit www.twitter.com/jimdenison or www.facebook.com/denisonforum. Original source: www.denisonforum.org.

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