January 15, 2021
Instead of Celebrators at the National Mall, We Will See Troops
Scenes from our nation’s capital – as preparations are underway for the inauguration of the 46th President include thousands of uniformed, armed military personnel. As of last night, 3000 members of the National Guard were already present in and around the Capitol building. By next Tuesday, that number will grow to 26,000 and they will be joined by thousands of active duty military.
Supporters of the incoming president traditionally gather on the National Mall in Washington to welcome him on Inauguration Day before taking in a parade and attending parties throughout the city. But the National Mall will be closed for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration due to security concerns.
What else is changing? Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser has asked residents to stay home and travelers to cancel their trips to the area for the event. The home-sharing website Airbnb canceled all reservations in and around the capital the week of the inauguration. Starting this weekend, Delta Airlines will not allow passengers on flights to the area to check guns. Police vehicles have already shut down streets in a large swath of downtown Washington, and numerous Metro stations are expected to close, too. Biden had planned to ride an Amtrak train from his hometown of Wilmington, Del., on Inauguration Day just as he did for many years while serving in the U.S. Senate. He canceled those plans for security reasons.
What might the Word of God have to say about such things?
One verse God brings to mind is Romans 12:18.
Let’s read it in the context of the full chapter:
1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world,[c] but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Dan Dewitt – Cedarville University & Theolatte – Weekend Worldview Reader
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