We thought 2020 was an annus horribilis, and that the new year certainly would be better.
But our hope was upended a mere six days into the new year when a peaceful, pro-Trump Save America rally, attended by tens of thousands of patriotic Americans, went horribly wrong. A “mob” of a still-unnumbered protesters, among whom were Antifa elements, breached police barriers and invaded the Capitol building wherein Congress was meeting in a joint session to certify or object to the Electoral College’s votes for the 2020 presidential election.
In the course of the 4-hour siege of Capitol Hill, “many” protestors and police officers were injured. Five people lost their lives:
- Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick, 42, who was struck in the head with a fire extinguisher during the siege. Sicknick was a U.S. military veteran who had served in the Middle East. Accoring to the New York Post, Sicknick was a supporter of President Donald Trump.
- Ashli Babbitt, 35, a 14-year U.S. Air Force veteran, who was shot in the neck while she was climbing through a barricaded door behind the House chamber, by a plain-clothes police officer. Babbitt’s family is trying to get answers from police, but a family member told the San Diego Union-Tribune, “No one has contacted us. No official person has gotten back to us despite the many phone calls.”
- Three other protestors died after suffering “medical emergencies” — from a heart attack, a stroke, and being trampled to death.
Has God abandoned us?
But then we humans neither know the future nor see the larger picture. Even Jesus the Christ, the Second Person in the Triune Godhead, does not know “the day or the hour” of the end of all things. Only the Father knows. (Mark 13-32)
And so, what are we to do?
We do the best we can: We stay true to our beliefs and values, not give in to our baser impulses, exercise prudence and wisdom of judgment, and keep our wits at all times, remembering Our Lord’s counsel to be “shrewd as serpents” and “innocent as a dove,” for we are “sheep among wolves” (Matthew 10:16).
We keep the faith, for “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
Here are some Bible verses to help us keep the faith:
And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God.” (Mark 11:22)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4-13)
Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)
Fight the good fight of the faith. (1 Timothy 6:12)
Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. (1 Corinthians 16:13)
In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one. (Ephesians 6:16)
And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:22-24)
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. (Hebrews 11:1-5)
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:6)
For nothing will be impossible with God. (Luke 1:37)
And may the peace and love of Jesus Christ, Our Lord be with you,