On Wednesday, as the deliberate processes of transfer of power continued in our government, would-be protesters overran and occupied the Capitol building, placing lives of law enforcement, politicians, staff, and other workers at risk and threatening to disrupt the transfer of power. We now know that at least one police officer died because of injuries received. Our Capitol building was defiled with the presence of a Confederate flag, a symbol of white supremacy and rebellion.
As your pastor, this is unacceptable, and I condemn these actions.
And I condemn those who support these actions.
I invite you to join me in prayer for Washington DC, for those impacted by this violence, for law enforcement have responded, and for our country.
I recognize that we just came out of a tough election, and some people are still upset. I know what it is like to experience elections that are a disappointment, but there is a time to accept the results and move forward. It doesn't help that leaders, from the Senate to the House to the White House, have fomented and campaigned on that anger instead of placing trust that we the people will figure out our way through this. We may not be happy, but we have the gift of a system of government that gives us an opportunity to use our voices to make change through elections and advocacy and peaceful protest.
Recently during Epiphany, when we remember the story of the Magi following the star to give gifts to the Christ child, let's call for the light of God for our nation in this time. I invite you to light candles on your front porch or in your home and join in prayer together as a church. This is what we do when our lives are disrupted - we pray and we respond.
There are numerous next steps. As Christians, we are blessed to live in a Democratic system where we can reach out directly to our leaders and share with them our concerns. It is clear that those who trespassed must be held accountable as well as those who used violence in order to stop our government from moving forward. May we share our anger and frustration with our lawmakers in this time.
We must also unequivocally condemn white supremacy and root it out of our theology and all institutions to which we belong. We do this not because it is politically correct, but because white supremacy is contrary to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through Jesus, we are taught to love our neighbor as ourselves, and the prophets challenge us to love mercy, make justice, and walk humbly with our God.
Let us also do our part not to give into hatred of even those who may hate us, as hard as that can be.
May we follow the star together. As we reflect Christ's love, our witness is needed more than ever. Go and do so with peace, courage, and love.
Rev. Nathan Hill