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For months, farmers in India have been protesting new agriculture reform laws instituted in September 2020, which leave them to the mercy — or lack thereof — of corporate giants. The protesters’ cause and community have shown a way for people of all faiths to go forward in a post-pandemic world.

It may seem odd to connect the spectacle at the Capitol with the seminary presidents’ fumbling, but the two moves are aligned in the same work: preserving America’s White Supremacist common sense by limiting what certain social institutions are allowed to teach.

As evangelicals, we must recognize, confess, and lament our role in allowing Christian Nationalism to fuel actions like the insurrection at the Capitol. It’s more important than ever to recognize the dangers associated with mistaking our fear for faith — and our faith for politics.

Evangelicals must stand up and call out our political leaders’ sins for the good of our leadership. As Christ-followers, we have been called to something higher. This higher mission cannot be contained by any political group or expressed by two checked boxes.

The ongoing protest of the election is not about a search for truth; it is an attempt to shape truth to suit the desires of the powerful. President Trump wasn’t making a legal or a factual argument. He was using his power to put a thumb on the scales.

If there was one thing of value to come out of the shameful chaos of Wednesday’s attack on the U.S. Capitol, it’s that the horrific events made plain the powerful ideological and theological currents of American politics that often stay just under the surface.

C.S. Lewis’s often overlooked final chapter of the Chronicles of Narnia still speaks to us today. The end of the world begins with a con. A little lie, told by a petty grifter, leads to another lie, and then another, and finally to the unraveling of the ties that bind us together.

History teaches that messianic hopes lead to poor outcomes for the societies that embrace them. Yet, they continue to surface — even today, with the elevation of Donald Trump by some to messiah-like status.

The coronavirus restrictions placed on houses of worship by the state of New York — which the Supreme Court blocked in a recent 5-4 decision — is back under consideration. Meanwhile, the pandemic continues to record gruesome new highs. How should Christians react?

Advent and Christmas remind us God can still surprise us, surprise us with mystery, and surprise us with love. Advent and Christmas are an invitation into the surprise mystery that is God.