So much has been said about the saddening events at the US Capitol. In that throng were every variety, from para-military zealots in camo gear to nuns praying earnestly in black habits. Motives and intentions are too difficult for me to judge, nor is that a worthwhile assignment. The courts and judges will have their say on that, and justice will follow. The best judgments for the rest of us are those we pronounce upon ourselves, and that is the work in these three paragraphs.
Let me state this plainly: If others hear my voice or see my written words, much less my actions, and taste bitterness or hatred, anger or defiance, vengeance or resentment, I'm most decidedly doing wrong. Please forgive me. If I cheer on others or make excuses for them, I am complicit. If stones fill the basket of my heart, that basket needs overturning. This takes time. Meanwhile, silence, study, reflection are in order. And then more time, until better fruit is born.
The mission and duty of a Christian is service. If you are not a Christian, this paragraph is not for you. But if you are, remember that extraordinary service is to be our first offense. We do not wage war as the world does. The weapons of our warfare are not those of the world. When others see or hear from us, they ought first to experience love, then kindness, patience, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness and self-control. Service of these fruits should be our first and last response to the events going on around us. If our hearts don't contain these fruits, it's time we stopped, silenced ourselves, and gave sufficient time and energy to improving the quality and substance of our service. Let it begin with me.