Dear Editor,
By the time you read this the election may finally be unequivocally over. For those of us who were hoping that President Trump would somehow prevail January 6 has been a day of disaster.
Evidence of election fraud continued to be exposed and piled up and more and more senators and representatives expressed their intent to object to the electors submitted by the disputed states. Then came the riot. The chaos in the capital may be the final nail in the coffin for our president.
In my opinion the violence was not committed by main stream Trump supporters but rather by a collection of anarchists, opportunists, Antifa and otherwise unstable people. We all watched the MAGA rallies this summer and fall. The people who came to these rallies are not criminals and rioters, they are patriotic Americans and predominantly Christian. Claims that Trump incited violence are totally unfounded. Along with millions of Americans he believes the election was stolen and he called on his supporters to express their desire for Congress to fully investigate election fraud. The storming of the capital should never have happened and sadly one person lost their life in the catastrophe.
We will probably never know the truth about what happened today but the reality is the shock has shaken those politicians who were not firm in their resolve to protect the Constitution. America will wake up Thursday morning to a socialist Senate, a socialist house of representatives and most likely a socialist presidency.
They say that politics is downstream of culture and if this is true then what we are seeing today is merely the product of decades of a culture saturated in atheism, communism, and socialism. Every institution including churches, universities, seminaries, the public school system, the entertainment industry, the main stream media, courts and government bureaucracy has been corrupted by anti-Christian ideologies. Most Christians who have supported Trump have done so out of love for country and a firm belief that the Christian values upon which our nation was established were being restored under his leadership, especially the protection of unborn life.
The new reality may make it more difficult to be a Christian in our nation and for Christians that could be a good thing. Our faith and our character will be tested. For the rest of the country the slide and now fall into socialism will be a tragic disaster as it has been in every nation that has experimented with this godless form of government.
Let us continue to pray that God may yet have mercy on us and save us from this disastrous path. Let us examine our own lives and cast off any sin or hypocrisy that might be in us. Let us love our neighbors and share our faith in Jesus Christ with them through our words and more importantly through acts of kindness and mercy. Let us continue to speak the truth in love and if persecution comes remember the words of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ,
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake, rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven.”
Father Alex Miller
Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church