“The Left Promotes Violence”
This was a social media post, via Facebook, that I saw today. I can only assume it was posted as an in-general response to the shooting of a Republican Congressman, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, and others in Washington D.C. by someone who appears to be a left-wing supporter with some extremist ideals.
At first, I really thought of the post as too broad of a generalization, that most of the left would not “promote violence”. That the suspect of this heinous act was just that, heinous; a bit of an extremist.
Then I began to think. I thought of ANTIFA. Abortion. Black Lives Matter (BLM). I thought of all the protests around election time which often ended up with democratic/left-wing supporters attacking Trump supporters. I think of the new play in New York where they mock an assassination of President Trump in place of the traditional Julius Caesar. There is a lot I think of when I think of “the left promotes violence”.
Now, I am not going to say “All the left promotes violence,” or that all liberals do, either. Nor would I say “All the right promote…” anything, because, well, they “all” don’t. However, in a broad, general sense, I believe that, yes, the left does in fact promote violence, both actively and passively. Actively through organizations such as BLM or ANTIFA. Actively through the legal feticide we call “abortion”. Passively for being light/agreeable towards Islam and Islamic-extremism. Passively for not seeing the obvious signs of left-wing extremism in the suspect of this morning’s attempted mass murder of Republican congressmen and congressional aides when all the evidence points to it being as such. There’s a lot more that I have thought of, and more that I probably haven’t.
Can I fix this? No. Do I know the solution to this? Yes. Will everyone, or even a majority, go for this solution? Probably not….
As a Christian man, a husband, a father, a house parent, the disunity that I see on a daily basis in our country appalls me. Every day, one of the things I pray for, and often times more than once in a day, is reconciliation within this country. Politically, racially… in every way I can think of. Ultimately, it is Jesus that brings ultimate reconciliation, as all of this boils down to sin and the brokenness of man and our inability to really “fix” it on our own. God’s Word tells us to seek reconciliation with a brother, to the point of leaving an offering on the altar to do so (Matthew 5:23-24). Ephesians 4:31 says, “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.” Because if we do not do this, we will not be able to reconcile interpersonally, as Jesus commanded us to do.
So, what do I do as a Christian?
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18, ESV).
Why do I rejoice always?
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:17–20, ESV).
Why do I pray without ceasing?
“The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” (James 5:16b, ESV).
Why do I give thanks in all circumstances?
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28, ESV)
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2–4, ESV).
What is the underlying reason for rejoicing, praying, and giving thanks?
“…for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
I rejoice, pray, and give thanks to God for the fact that He has changed my heart in such a way that I, for the most part, love my neighbor as myself. Sure, I have my issues, as I’m still a sinner. We are all sinners who need reconciliation both amongst ourselves and to God.
The only way anyone will stop promoting violence is at that time when every knee bows at the name of Jesus:
“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9–11, ESV)