Far too much is being made of this events that occurred on Wednesday, 6 January 2021 at the U.S. Capitol. The loss of life is tragic. Ashli Babbit was killed by a Capitol Police Officer while trying to enter thru a window. She never stepped foot inside the building but was shot dead nonetheless. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick was attacked by insurgents and later died from his injuries. Three others died of natural causes on the Capitol grounds. We pray for each of their families and friends. We are also in prayer for the Officer that shot Ashlie Babbit, and his/her family.
But I want to be clear, this event by a small number of antagonists does not define our nation any more than the month’s tragic riots, looting, arsons, assaults, and murders did following George Floyd’s death. The thousands of peaceful protesters on the Capitol grounds were permitted by the U.S. Department of the Interior. They had always planned to gather at the Elipse and following remarks by the President, march to the Capitol. They did not go there because of the President’s words, they had always planned on it.
So far two of those arrested for entering the Capitol building are aligned with the far-right extremist conspiracy group QAnon, both are white. The third person, a black man who also made entry to the building told the press that he is a Black Lives Matter activist. None of these antagonists represent the President or the Republican Party. Calling them Trump supporters is like calling the extremists Black Lives Matter and Antifa, Biden supporters. Neither Trump nor Biden can control who creates havoc under their banner.
As a Nation, we must come together and find common ground. Christians have been under attack for decades, but we have never seen such overt attacks as we have since 2009. My gravest fear is that our religious liberties are further eroded over the next four years. The greatest tools we have are our full armor of God, and prayer, fervent prayer and then pray some more.