January 6, 2021 will not soon be forgotten in this country. “Peaceful” protests yet again turned into chaos and destruction. No, it wasn’t everyone who attended, but it never is. It doesn’t matter anymore what is being protested, violence, destruction and chaos seem inevitable. Calls for change are always abound, but isn’t that the core problem. We have changed. Some change has been right as our history as a nation has had, at times, a disgusting and horrible past. Some change has been necessary, for the equal rights of all human beings. We have come to an unfortunate point in our history where people feel the only way they can be seen and heard is through violence and destruction. Where do we go from here? God only knows, but, that is my point. What do we do as representatives of He who is love himself? How do we love each other when divisiveness rules the nation?
John Adams, a founding Father of our nation, is quoted as saying “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.” Why did he say this? It’s because it is who they were. Yes, they were not perfect and their morals did not match of understanding of today, but they had morals and principles to live by. We are not perfect, but we were created by a loving and perfect God.
We must gather together as the light of Christ to shine forth his love. We must stay in touch with his word through Holy Scripture, and we must stand against any form of violence, torture, corrupt behavior and sinfulness. We must set down our pride and return to ground zero. We must pray without ceasing and ask God for His will and His ways to be made clear to us. We must lay down our political ideologies and once again become Christians first.
God loves us and He has not given up on us. So where do we go from here? For me and my house, we will worship the Lord, the God of truth, love, hope and peace.
I pray for our nation and it’s leaders. I ask you to do the same. I pray that you also pray for your neighbors, whether or not they look like you, vote like you or how they treat you. Love God and go love each other.
God bless you,
Father Jason Bowden