In light of the events on Capitol Hill, with the news media and Christian leaders barking out a cacophony of accusations against Trump and his supporters; mixing them into a cauldron of white supremacy and Christian nationalism while insisting they have blood on their hands, we have some advice: be wise and wait.
The fact is that this is an incredibly messy and fluid situation. The media has done and will do all they can to co-opt the narrative and frame it in the worst possible light, gaslighting you if you say differently.
Nothing in the last four years should lead you to believe they can be trusted to get this right in the first 48 hours, or even the first week.
Even now, videos and eyewitness testimony are emerging showing a different side to the story. Some say the building was breached by a fanatic mob, and there is video of people scaling walls and smashing doors and windows, but there is also a video of security letting people in through the front doors, welcoming and inviting them in.
There is video of a woman being shot and killed, bleeding out on the marble floor from a wound to her neck. There are men stealing “souvenirs” from the various rooms and smashing the furniture as the political representatives cower in fear for their lives, but there is also video of the security guards taking selfies and posing with the protesters, laughing and joking, even as large parts of the hill reported no violence of any kind.
There are men walking around with MAGA hats and pro-Trump flags, patriots peacefully protesting what they feel has been an unjust and rigged election, and there are alleged members of Antifa present in the building, committing acts of vandalism and instigating conflict with officers- claims which even now are being disputed by fact-checkers who deny that as a far-right conspiracy.
The news media is reporting that members of Q-anon “stormed the gates” and “breached the doors.” Did they do so in a wild manner, or did they simply walk through the door among those invited?
For the latter anti-fascists, though some street preaching groups are saying they engaged them at the event, at this time no one knows the extent of their involvement – if they were more or less incidental observers along for the ride, if this was a planned operation with the goal of spreading mayhem and discrediting Trump and his supporters, or if they were even there in the first place. An IED was found on-site and safely detonated. Was it placed by Trump supporters, or was it a false flag campaign?
Will we get truth or fake news? Will we get solid reporting or a predetermined story about home-brewed white nationalist terrorists which may or may not be true. Maybe disgruntled, fanatical Trump supporters did it. Or maybe they didn’t.
Give it a couple of days. This is more than what most of our “Christian” “leaders” will do, which is all the more reason to wait.
Let the CNNs, Fox Newses, Newsmaxes, and MSNBCs of the world say their piece and develop their information. Pay special attention to alternative media and citizen reporters posting the videos, sharing the tweets, and publishing the live streams. You know it will likely contradict the narrative and the decisive condemnation of what the mainstream media is telling you, so wait for that.
Take it all in, get the big, balanced, messy picture, and then speak.
You’ll be better for it.
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