1/7/21 A Call to Prayer for our Nation
Yesterday’s invasion of the United States Capitol building was heart-wrenching. Beyond the initial shock and questions about how could the images playing out on our news feeds and televisions be real, the Church must point the world towards peace in the midst of this. That privilege became exponentially harder when banners proclaiming the name of Jesus were displayed next to politically motivated violence.
We want to state as clearly and emphatically as we can- this is not the way of Jesus. Violence against other men and women, who bear the image, intimidation, and threats are not methods for fighting injustice, these actions are sinful and injustice themselves. The individuals who crossed the barricades and thresholds of the Capitol building didn’t just cross a physical boundary. As believers in Jesus Christ, we must recognize they trespassed a spiritual boundary as well.
The First Amendment gives us the privilege and right to assemble, demonstrate, and protest peacefully to effect positive change in our nation. The Scriptures compel us to stand against injustice. We do this by doing what is just, loving-kindness, and walking humbly (Micah 6:8). We have been given the common graces of voting and political participation, but we cannot do that wisely without first being humbled in prayer.
We want to invite you to two opportunities to pray. It is the Lord’s wisdom that we just launched our annual prayer series titled We Cry Out. Tonight at 7:00 pm, we encourage you to join us via Zoom as we lament, cry out, and ask the Lord to heal our nation. Please register here to receive the link:
We Cry Out Prayer Event.
Second, we had already scheduled our monthly prayer gathering, DWELL, for this Sunday at 3:00 pm. Please join us as we continue to cry out to the Lord to use our church as an agent of peace in our community. Again, please register to receive the link:
DWELL at Home.
We love you and we are praying for the Lord’s peace to rule your heart and mind.
Grace and peace,
- Pastor Mike (on behalf of KHC elders)