Truth Over Power and the Attack on the U.S. Capitol

Yesterday evening I gathered with a small group of people (via Zoom!) to discuss last Wednesday’s attack on the U.S. Capitol, heightened political tensions in our communities and within our families, and the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on our personal relationships. Within our group there were deep feelings of anger, disappointment, anxiety, sadness, exhaustion, embarrassment, numbness, and fear. I too have felt all of these emotions, especially over the past week. I have even struggled to put pen to paper regarding it all-not because I am unsure of what I think (my thoughts are quite clear on these matters) but because I haven’t found a way to cohesively and affectively communicate those thoughts.

Esau McCaulley, PhD has found a way in his article Truth over power: It is past time for the church to speak plainly about the election. I encourage you to read this powerful and eloquently written piece. For those unfamiliar with Esau McCaulley, he is the assistant professor of New Testament at Wheaton College, an Anglican priest, and Canon Theologian for his diocese (Churches for the Sake of Others). If you are on Twitter, he’s certainly worth following. I’ll leave you with these words which summarize a lot of what I’ve recently been thinking:

“Whenever truth bends to power, the poor and the marginalized inevitably suffer…lies can only be maintained by violence.”

Esau McCauley, PhD.

Blessings to you all, RTD

Author: Rebekah Durham

Rebekah Durham lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her three children.  She is a graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary and has written for numerous publications. She is an avid reader and in particular an admirer of C.S. Lewis, Thomas Merton, G.K. Chesterton, Henri Nouwen, and Dorothy L. Sayers (in no certain order). She'd also blindly follow Miss Marple (Agatha Christie's famous spinster sleuth) anywhere she wanted to go.

4 thoughts on “Truth Over Power and the Attack on the U.S. Capitol”

  1. This is a very difficult time! There is so much to process as a community but also on a personal level-and there are many competing voices. I agree that we have to keep trusting that God is in control. And as we Christians, we need to humbly ask God to guide us and to give us courage to follow where He is leading, especially when it is into uncomfortable territory. God is good, and He is faithful. There is healing in His presence.


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