Arima – Trinidad & Tobago The Evangelical Association of the Caribbean (EAC) joins with the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), EAC’s fraternal body in the United States, in denouncing the insurrection on Capitol Hill this week. In a statement issued on Thursday, the NAE said “the insurrection epitomizes the rancor and polarization present in our country” and that the NAE “denounces the violence at the U.S. Capitol as well as the nation’s longstanding vices that led to this chaos.”
The NAE continues, “Followers of Jesus are peacemakers. Some images from the protests demonstrate a disturbing conflation of Christianity and a nationalist ideology that is far from the way of Jesus. Christians are commanded to seek the peace of the cities where they live, to love their enemies, to seek unity and to proclaim a message of peace” (Jeremiah 29:5–11; Romans 12:9–18).
The EAC has been following the recent events with great concern. We join our brothers and sisters in Christ in the United States in condemning the violence. Most developments in the United States influence heavily on many parts of the globe, and this riotous behavior is no exception. The EAC unites in prayer with the NAE for God to bring healing to a divided nation and comfort to the families of those whose loved ones died as a result. We also pray for unity in the Church in America as God’s people remove themselves from the polarization in politics and negative societal influences.
Rev. Emerson Boyce, Secretary General encourage Caribbean believers to express their solidarity in this time of need and join the NAE in prayer and fasting for:
- Church leaders, that they will have the strength and wisdom to serve at the forefront of building bridges within divided communities and encourage ‘a Christ-like approach to politics and public life;
- Those who perpetrated the attacks on the Capitol, and the broader attacks on democracy, to be held accountable and brought to justice and repentance;
- Protection of the USA from any adversaries who would seek to harm during this perilous transitional period;
- President-elect Biden, that he will have wisdom as he prepares to assume office on January 20; and
- Truth to reign in conversations and communities;
Emerson L. Boyce