The 2016 election was a vitriolic one, for sure. Lots of bad things were said on both sides. Bridges were burned. People were hurt. Now, instead of the vitriol coming from both sides, it’s mainly coming from one.
Watching the events unfold on television during Inauguration Day, I had a bright hope for the future. Jesus’ name was being boldly proclaimed at the capitol of our nation at the request of our President. I had a wide smile on my face. No matter what you think of President Trump, you have to admit that it was a welcome change after the past couple years. That smile faded the next day as I saw footage of the “protestors.”
Now, I wholeheartedly agree that we have a right to protest. What we don’t have is a right to riot, pillage, and loot. Those “protestors” were doing just that— using senseless violence and wanton destruction to accomplish their goals. Too cowardly to show their faces, they donned black masks and tore through Washington, D.C. This is the worst possible way to handle things. This is no protest— this is an anarchist display of immorality and evil. Seemingly gone are the peaceful ways of Martin Luther King, Jr., replaced by the Left’s “uncivil disobedience.” The day after the inauguration, there was a nationwide “women’s march,” in which women held up disgusting, vile signs laced with profanity, marching for “women’s rights,” even though it was just a thinly-veiled disguise for an anti-Trump protest. Madonna said she wanted to blow up the White House with no punishment, and other celebrities like Ashley Judd spewed hate-filled nastiness at everyone who disagreed with them.
What these people did is not peaceful protesting. It’s not even helping anything. All these rioters are doing is spewing hate and anger at people, not furthering their cause. Somehow, the media treated them like heroes. One thing they completely ignored? The March for Life, at which Vice President Pence himself spoke. During his speech, he said:
“Let this movement be known for love, not anger. Let this movement be known for compassion, not confrontation.”
These people didn’t tear down buildings and wear masks to hide their identities as they committed criminal acts. They did just as they promised— they marched for life. They peacefully protested abortion, which is a much more important issue than a bunch of women marching because they dislike the man who won the presidency.The level of division and hatred oozing from these people right now is obscene, and we should be condemning it, not praising it. We need to look to those at the March for Life as an example of how to protest something in a civil way, instead of rioting, looting, and pillaging. That just furthers the division in our country. And, as Jesus said in Matthew 12:25…
25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.
We need to show love for one another and peacefully disagree. Further division isn’t needed, as a nation divided against itself will crumble. Let’s be peace-makers and not strife-stirrers. That’s what will heal our nation’s wounds, not rioting and senseless violence and destruction.