Many of us watched with amazement the events that unfolded at the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday, January 6th. Congressmen and -women gathered to certify the presidential election results scampered to safety while Capitol police were overrun by a large mob in an apparent insurrection whipped up by men and women in positions of authority. I want to acknowledge the trauma felt by many around the country, especially our young people who have so much hope for our nation. As with me, your disappointment is real and valid.
I want to use this opportunity to communicate three key messages:
- If you are traumatized and perhaps struggling to reconcile the current situation with your faith in God, I want to reassure you of God’s faithfulness and steadfastness. His commitment and care for you does not depend on circumstances. Even in the darkest hours He remains God.
- The Church remains the beacon of hope for our world. No matter your political party leaning, we have a responsibility to pray for our nation and leaders. It is even more imperative now than ever.
- We must be careful to avoid being overcome by anger or rage and instead channel our energies to praying for ourselves and those who disagree with us. No doubt, we may be tempted to compare the heavy-handed treatment of peaceful protesters for social justice over the summer, including using the military to clear nonviolent protesters from Lafayette Park, with the apparent passive resistance of law enforcement as an armed mob invaded and ran over the entire Congress. However, we do not wrestle against flesh and blood. Therefore, we must not lose the peace of God and we should endeavor to be ministers of peace as we engage with our families, friends and neighbors.
Please reach out to others, especially the young ones in our ACF USA community. I request that our regional and chapter leaders make every effort to touch base with members, and let us know if there is anything we can do to help.
May the peace of God fill your heart and mind and may his grace be your portion. “Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof; There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High; God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.” -Psalm 46:3-5
Jasper J. Nzedu, Esq.
ACF USA National Board Chairman