This past Wednesday, January 6, 2021, a mob of thugs and scofflaws attempted to prevent certification of the electoral votes making Joe Biden the 46th President of the United States of America. The rioters tried to prevent the legal and peaceful transition of the reins of government from President Donald Trump to President-elect Joe Biden.
This is an unprecedented act in the history of presidential elections here in America. We have been a nation that prided itself on the peaceful transition of political power from one administration to another by the rule of law. That peaceful transition was tainted this past Wednesday by a disorderly mob reminiscent of a third-world country coup.
Have we as a people tired of having an elected president and wish to replace our democracy with a dictatorship? For those Trump supporters who still believe there was election fraud perpetrated during this election cycle the assault on our Capitol this past Wednesday was not the way to “stop the steal.”
There was a point in the history of Israel’s formation as a nation that the people of Israel clamored for a king. “But the thing was displeasing in the sight of Samuel when they said, ‘Give us a king to judge us.’ And Samuel prayed to the LORD. The LORD said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them,” 1 Samuel 8:6-7.
We have been a nation that prided itself on the peaceful transition of political power from one administration to another by the rule of law. That peaceful transition was tainted this past Wednesday by a disorderly mob reminiscent of a third-world country coup.
God’s desire for Israel was for His people to be ruled by divine law given to them through Moses and not be ruled by an earthly king like other nations. This concept of a nation ruled by law and not a monarch led this nation to break its union with England in the War of Independence.
United States servicemen take an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign or domestic; they swear to uphold the supreme law of our nation, not a supreme leader. And that law originates from the people, by the people, for the people.
Unable to win at the polls, or secure a legal claim in any court, I suppose the Trump fanatics thought they could cement Trump’s continued rule by revolt.
Humanity is a flawed race so any human government to some degree is flawed, but I would rather live in a flawed democracy than a flawed dictatorship; I prefer to be ruled by law than ruled by a rabble. All they accomplished was to drag our national reputation through the mud in the eyes of the world and because some did so in the name of God, they dragged the name of my Savior through the mud. Trump’s administration will go down in the history books as a one-term wonder. Having enjoyed the rule of law for over two centuries I do not think the majority of Americans are ready to relinquish it to a dictator.