Storming the Capitol: Does Not Advance the Kingdom

James 1:20 the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God KJV

Would Jesus the Christ be storming capitols and taking hostages? Just what would Jesus do?

A righteous, even holy agenda, cannot assume unrighteous, unholy methods and tactics. Jesus never asked his followers to use violence to bring about His kingdom. We can add all the ‘pro’ prefixes we want, and it won’t make it ‘pro-Jesus’. Pro-life, pro-gun, pro-death penalty, pro-secure borders, pro-…, you add the issue. Storming the capitol does not advance the kingdom.

Whenever I find myself trying to force someone to my point of view, I am more likely to do just the opposite. I am assuming the place of God in their lives by putting myself as the one who punishes disobedience. I will mete out justice to all who do not conform to the image of Christ that I see. The truth is I cannot convince someone of anything of which the Holy Spirit has not convicted them. Storming the capitol is not the same as advancing the Kingdom.

Jesus left Himself open to be ridiculed, abused, and injured, even unto death. He never asked a legion of angels to descend to destroy His tormentors. The Christ had all authority in His hands and could have easily decimated His detractors.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr stated: “Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. It is a weapon unique in history, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.”

John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

If I find myself threatening lives, cursing and abusing people created in the image of God, I am not advancing His kingdom. I am merely storming the capitol.