January 8, 2021
Through all trial and tribulation – attacks, disaster, gridlock, outbreaks – the United States has endured. We’ve remained loyal to sacred ideals – enshrined in our nation’s unanimous Declaration, Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. That enduring devotion will prevail once again.
But I won’t sugar coat it: this week, a dark cloud overshadowed our nation. I posted Wednesday morning this message regarding the Georgia elections, and before the events of Wednesday afternoon:
“I am simply astonished that we, as a nation, have embraced, made popular, and handed the keys of power to socialist radicalism. I am astonished! Nevertheless, with fidelity to God and country, I embrace the challenge before us!”
I’m asking you to have hope.
The future will bring challenges. Democrats will control the U.S. Senate and Congress, and President Trump has pledged to facilitate the transition of the presidency peacefully on January 20th. It’s not the outcome many expected, but God is in control, He is sovereign, and His plan for us has not been thwarted or diminished.
As we conclude the first week of 2021, a week many would like to return, I wanted to make sure you had the actual timeline of events and discern which media reports are reliable:
- On Tuesday, both U.S. Senate races in Georgia were decided in a runoff election. At the present, it appears Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock secured wins in those races, effectively locking the U.S. Senate in a 50-50 tie, making Vice President-elect Kamala Harris the tie breaker on all evenly disputed decisions. Prospectively, this also makes Chuck Schumer the U.S. Senate’s Majority Leader.
- On Wednesday, Congress met to debate electoral votes, examine instances of voter fraud, and to finalize the results of the presidential election. After compelling testimony by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), a group of insurrectionists, most of whom appeared to be Trump supporters, breached the U.S. Capitol, triggering a lockdown and injuring the bid to have their appeals heard. LFF joins Louisiana’s congressional delegation in condemning violence and in thanking the U.S. Capitol Police, military, and law enforcement who restored order in the halls of Congress. Here’s an excellent first-hand account from a reliable media source.
- Early Thursday morning, Congress returned to the Capitol to complete the certification of the electoral vote. After timid state-by-state objections were raised by one-third of the original opposition, Vice President Pence announced Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States at 2:41am Central Time, formally ending the 2020 election.
- On Thursday afternoon, Democrats began to press Pence to use the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump. The 25th Amendment, a constitutional provision, allows a Vice President to succeed a president if the president is unfit to lead. Only the Vice President can initiate that effort, and Pence clarified he will not.
- Shortly afterwards, President Trump stated that he plans to participate in a peaceful transition of power on January 20th. This statement came shortly after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi threatened symbolic impeachment hearings. The House could vote to impeach, as they did before, but there’s not enough time for those proceedings to be completed.
- Late Thursday, President Trump, in a video statement, called for peaceful transition of power: “Tempers must be cooled, and calm restored. We must get on with the business of America.”
The news media moved quickly to implicate President Trump and Senator Cruz as culpable for inciting a riot by bringing voter fraud charges to the capitol floor. But President-elect Biden went even further, charging ‘domestic terrorism’ over all those present in D.C.
One eyewitness account from a Louisiana pastor:
“Today was 1.2 million peaceful protesters watching 500 radicals act the fool. Many were posing as Trump supporters but were really ANTIFA posing as MAGA supporters. I was there, I saw it. Skinheads, tattooed up everywhere. They got the crowd in a frenzy.”
I am in agreement with the media’s newfound distaste for illegal and disorderly behavior. Unfortunately, the media’s double standard makes them culpable too; remember, as Seattle, Chicago, Portland, Minneapolis, and Kenosha burned and were occupied and threatened, we only heard the media report on the beauty of these meaningful and peaceful protests. The media’s hypocrisy fuels the flames of discontent!
So where do we go from here?
First, we must understand, as Pastor Jim Denison opined yesterday, God’s call is clear: “Put away violence and oppression, and execute justice and righteousness” (Ezekiel 45:9). We are told, “Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling” (1 Peter 3:9).
The late Chuck Colson noted: “People who cannot restrain their own baser instincts, who cannot treat one another with civility, are not capable of self-government.” He added: “Without virtue, a society can be ruled only by fear, a truth that tyrants understand all too well.”
Then, we must remember that this not about political strategy but about a biblical perspective:
- Embrace the Challenge
“Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are mature, you will stretch out your hands, and another (the Holy Spirit) will gird you and lead you where you do not wish.” John 21:18
- Embark on the journey in faith
“But without faith it’s impossible to please God; he that comes to God MUST believe that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6
- Engage the darkness by shining the light
“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32
This next season will be very difficult and will come with a cost. Cancel culture has already set its sights on those who profess faith in the Lord and His Word, including organizations like LFF which resist the ‘progressive’ agenda. But I encourage you: remember that the joy of the Lord is your strength!
We are dual citizens – citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven and citizens of these United States. As such, we have an obligation to look with scrutiny on the actions that led us to where we are: a pandemic, used to justify millions of ballots being completed in the darkness – because voting in the light was too great a “risk to public health.”
One commentator called COVID the unbeatable opponent. COVID-generated fear was used to justify these unreasonable electoral ‘accommodations’, and they must be righted to ensure free and fair elections going forward.
This is an impossible journey… without God! But why would we embark on a journey without Him? We must guard against despair. In trying circumstances, the resolve of good people begins to break down. We must not grow weary in well doing. Fatigue makes cowards of us all.
God is in control and He’s still on the throne. We’re not finished - until He calls us home!
In His Service,