Peaceful Protest…

In no sense would I participate in something like that which went on at the Capitol tonight or support it. However, for more than four years the Left and the media have disparaged Trump and his supporters at every turn, accusing them of stealing an election, of collaborating with Russian interests, labeling them as racist and sexist, deplorable, and every other thing.

They’ve watched the Left and the media call Antifa and BLM violence and vandalism peaceful protest, seen their businesses destroyed and their livelihoods and their First Amendment rights discarded, seen Hollywood actors call for assassination of a sitting president and media figures call for killing people for failing to wear a mask, with no censure.

And they’ve watched left leaning activist courts overturn dozens of laws protecting fair and reasonable elections, while the mainstream and social media suppress any news critical of the Left, bury valid allegations of sexual indiscretions, and pillory any conservative candidates.

I don’t condone this violence against our Congress or government, by the Left or by the Right, but I don’t recall any unarmed protestor shot and killed by police in any of the dozens of recent Left-approved and Left-encouraged riots, as happened today to an unarmed woman.

I hate what happened today, but I’m not surprised. Hearts need to change, on both sides of the political spectrum. What would actually surprise me would be if that happens.

Here’s verses from my daily reading this morning and comments I penned this morning before all this occurred. I didn’t get a chance to post it until now.

The thing worse than a compromised political “deep” state, is a compromised state of heart. Here is Jesus dealing with the “deep state” of His day, from today’s reading in Mark:

The Pharisees and the scribes asked Him, “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat their bread with impure hands?” And He said to them, “Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME. ‘BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.’ Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men.”

“… whatever goes into the man from outside cannot defile him, because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and is eliminated?” (Thus He declared all foods clean.) And He was saying, “That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.”

And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? For what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

If the political events play out as they seem to be in Georgia and in Washington DC today, the godlessness of a significant portion of the American populace will continue the rise of this “deep state” of politics. Socialism is always a partner of those who reject the Gospel.

It is a time to make sure of your citizenship in the Kingdom of our Lord and Savior.

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