January 8, 2021
“Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales; behold, He lifts up the islands like fine dust” (Isaiah 40:15).
When it comes to the history of nations, The United States of America is relatively young. It is still considered an experiment by many. Originally a band of thirteen colonies seeking to live free of the tyranny of Britain, the United States has held out liberty as her highest ideal. That liberty led to prosperity and that prosperity led to power – great power – resulting in the United States standing alone as the most powerful nation in the world.
When you are at the top you have to continually defend your position and when you possess power you possess something that literally everyone else in the world wants. You can also begin thinking too highly of yourself and forget your utter reliance on God.
As the prophet Isaiah reminds us, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales of God. Perspective matters. And while we are individually precious to God, we must also remember that like all people we too are like grass and the United States, like every other nation in all of human history, is still just “a speck of dust on the scales” of Almighty God.
We have been marking the moral decline of America for several decades. We have also been noting the rising influence of China, seeking to displace America at the pinnacle of global influence. We have also noted the decline of civility. And while we still have the most dominant military force in the world. We are loathe to use it against others to maintain the sovereignty of our borders and – as demonstrated before a watching world on Wednesday – we are loathe to use it even when our nation’s very democratic processes are laid under siege.
All of which has people asking very important questions. And, I hope, seeking God for mercy, revival and enduring grace.
President Trump Concedes
“Now Congress has certified the results a new administration will be inaugurated on January 20th. My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly, and seamless transition of power. This moment calls for healing and reconciliation. 2020 has been a challenging time for our people. A menacing pandemic has upended the lives of our citizens, isolated millions in their homes, damaged our economy, and claimed countless lives. Defeating this pandemic and rebuilding the greatest economy on earth will require all of us working together.”
Another Individual has Died as a Result of the Riots in DC on Wednesday
A Capitol Police officer, Brian Sicknick, became the 5th person to die as a result of the melee in DC on Wednesday. For more of this story go to this link: Associated Press Article – Police Officer’s Death
Matthew Hawkins – Former Policy Director of the ERLC
Matthew joins us to discuss events surrounding the current election. He weighs in on the violent events at the Capitol this week, Trump’s concession, Pelosi and other’s desire to remove the President from office before election day, and Joe Biden’s nomination of Merrick Garland as Attorney General. You can follow Matt’s work further at matthewhawkins.com.
Chris Martin – Terms of Service Blog and Editor of Moody Press
Chris weighs in on the events of this week and helps us think through his articles from his Terms of Service Blog titled, Using Social Media for Good in 2021, 3 Social Media Predictions for 2021, and Privacy Investigation Coming.