Called to be Peacemakers

Source: Sojourners

In the face of mob violence and political insurrection, we as followers of Jesus are called to be peacemakers. He didn’t instruct us to merely be peace lovers who call for unity and healing, but rather to act; and do the things that make for peace. Faith leaders know, as Pope Paul VI said, “If you want peace, work for justice.”

President Donald Trump incited a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. His supporters invaded and desecrated the Capitol building, threatening the lives of all Capitol Hill personnel and members of Congress, and five people have now died. With Trump flags and Christian symbols, along with the Confederate flag, the violent mob forcefully attempted to stop the process of confirming the Electoral College vote. At Trump’s urging, this ceremonial event became the occasion for a violent attempted coup that turned the eyes of the world toward Washington. Thankfully due to the resilience and fortitude of many bi-partisan representatives, Congress was able to complete the presidential certification and this attempted coup failed.

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