January 12, 2021
What a Mob Looks Like
- a reminder of the past
- a warning sign of a sickness within: like chest pains indicate heart disease
- a forecast of things to come if immediate intervention does not happen
- a mirror of reality that must not be rationalized away nor minimized in terms of the threat to our nation
Here is an opinion piece from a journalist for the Washington Post who was inside of the recent mob at the Capitol: What It Looks Like When a Mob Turns on You
What a Christian Looks Like
Romans 13 ESV
1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4 for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.
8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
Mark Caleb Smith – Cedarville University
The current state of impeachment, Trump to Biden Presidency transition, and the Republic’s internal enemy are all on the docket for conversation with Mark today. Let us pray and support those over authority over us as we practice what is taught in Romans 13.
Professor Ryan Owens – University of Wisconsin, Madison
Professor Owens is one of the authors of a new survey which was taken at the University of Wisconsin – Madison which polled students’ to find their beliefs about topics surrounding the First Amendment. Some examples of the data from the survey are: 1. Nearly 40% of students believe the government should restrict the speech of climate change deniers. 2. Over 50% of students believe government should restrict the speech of racially insensitive people.