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  • Writer's pictureCaleb Kaltenbach

Favorite Quotes From When The Capitol Was Stormed

Updated: Jul 2, 2022

As you well know, on January 6, 2021, US Capitol was stormed by political extremists. It was a tough day and the upcoming days will probably be challenging.... okay, the first half or more of 2021 will more than likely be difficult. Below are some quotes from January 6, 2021, that either encouraged me, caused me to reflect, made me laugh, or inspired me to be better. I hope they add value as you read them.

Love you all!


Log off if you need to. Protect your sanity. This is a marathon we’re running, not a sprint. Pace yourself.

~Emmanuel Acho, Analyst, Fox Sports 1 and Host of Uncomfortable Confessions with a Black Man

If you say you follow Jesus, remember this today: “Love your neighbor” was not just a fun idea Jesus had.

~Dave Adamson, Director, Orange/ReThink for Australia & New Zealand and Host, A Pastor and a Rabbi Podcast

Violence is never the answer. Ever.

~Gene Appel, Senior Pastor, Eastside Christian Church- Anaheim, CA

What is happening right now in Washington should be an embarrassment to all Americans. If you love democracy then you should hate this.

~Rick Atchley, Lead Pastor, The Hills Church- Richland Hills, TX

Those of us who follow Christ do justice. God’s justice is inseparable from His nature. And what happened yesterday has absolutely nothing to do with the justice of God.

~Bob Balian, Co-Lead Pastor, Bayside Church Midtown and Chaplain, Sacramento Kings

Are you a Jesus follower?! Then, you have EVERY reason in the world to revile this mayhem and anarchy. Praying.

~Joseph King Barkley, Pastor, Church Planter, & Leadership Coach

When "love of country" eclipses God in the hearts of men, this is what happens.

~Jason Bedell, Lead Pastor, Forefront Church- Virginia Beach, VA

I’ve been praying today, “Oh Father, Your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. May ‘up there’ come down here, and bring it through us. May we shine brightly and reflect the true heart of Jesus.

~Mike Breaux, Teaching Pastor

What happened today at our country’s Capitol is deplorable on so many levels. If we love democracy peace, and people then the events of the day should break our hearts and embarrass us deeply. John 16:33

~Aaron Brockett, Senior Pastor, Traders Point Christian Church- Indianapolis, IN

Our country is more important than the politics of the moment.

~George W. Bush, Former President of the United States

This is a time to stand for Jesus. Not the Jesus of our individual making that allows me to wave a poster at any cause I find important, but the Jesus of scripture, the Jesus who reveals the God of scripture. This is a time to stand for Jesus. His will, His Word, and His ways.

~Ben Cachiaras, Senior Pastor, Mountain Christian Church- Joppa, MD

As the church, our way is one of justice, humility, and truth-telling, of honoring one another. Watching what unfolded at the Capitol today reflected much more Herod than Jesus. We must call it out and call one another to something better. Something more like Jesus.

~Steve Carter, Author, Communicator, Co-Host of The Home Team Podcast, and Host of The Craft & Character Podcast

How you leave is how you’re remembered.

~Todd Clark, Slingshot Group and Teaching Pastor, Parkview Christian Church- Chicagoland

We let darkness have the upper hand the second we used our pulpits for politics and not praise.

~Toni J. Collier, Co-Lead Pastor, Hillsong Church- Atlanta, GA

The answer to saving America is not in the White House—it is in the church house.

~Tony Evans, Senior Pastor, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship- Dallas, TX

My stomach hurts every time I see someone with a “Jesus” sign today.

~Kirk Franklin, Gospel Musician, Singer, Songwriter, and Author

Leadership is influence… But character is everything. Character leaks. Character is cumulative. Character is revealed by difficulties.

~Dusty Frizzell, Youth & Young Adult Pastor, Shepherd Church- Porter Ranch, CA

Hopefully, the era of Jerry Springer-like political engagement will end and civility will emerge.

~Derwin Gray, Lead Pastor, Transformation Church- Indian Land, SC

It doesn’t matter if you agree or disagree with the results of the presidential election, there is absolutely no reason to support or celebrate what happened today.

~Michael Hinton, Executive Director of Multi-Site, Real Life Church Ministries- Valencia, CA and Host, The Uncommon Christian Podcast

It’s time to do what Jesus said.

~Reggie Joiner, Author and CEO, The ReThink Group/Orange Conference- Atlanta, GA

Idolatry on full display today.

~Lecrae, Hip Hop Recording Artist, Songwriter, Music Executive, and Author

I don’t know the Jesus some have paraded and waved around in the middle of this treachery today. They may be acting in the name of some other Jesus but that’s not Jesus of the Gospels.

~Beth Moore, Author, Communicator, and Founder of Living Proof Ministries

Character matters. And the character that will matter most in coming days will be our (my) own. The days ahead will be ones like few before in testing our (my): prudence, courage, justice, temperance, humility, patience, kindness, diligence, faith, hope, and love.

~Karen Swallow Prior, Research Professor of English, Christianity & Culture, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary- Wake Forest, NC

Some people want the power of Jesus more than they want Jesus.

~Jaron Myers, Comedian and Host, Things I Learned Last Night Podcast

Today doesn’t have to be tomorrow. Let’s hope it’s not. Faith. Hope. Love.

~Carey Nieuwhof, Author and Host, The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast

Just keep swimming.

~Nikki O’Sullivan, Executive Director of Operations, VantagePoint Church- Eastvale, CA

Dear aliens, now would be a good time.

~Joe Rogan, Comedian and Host, The Joe Rogan Experience

Been putting into practice today what the great Herm Edwards has been saying for years: "Don't press send."

~Jason Romano, Author and Host, The Sports Spectrum

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Or become poisoned by the evil and destruction of the world.

~Dudley Rutherford, Senior Pastor, Shepherd Church- Porter Ranch, CA

“‘His name shall be called… Mighty God… Prince of Peace. Of the increase of HIS government and peace there will be no end.’ HIS, and no other. Perhaps someday we will come to believe and live by this.

~Scott Sauls, Author and Senior Pastor, Christ Presbyterian Church- Nashville, TN

Lord… we lift our hands to you. There’s no other help we know.

~Priscilla Shirer, Author, Speaker, and Founder, Going Beyond Ministries

The word “Republican” and “Democrat” are not synonymous with the word “Christian” or the “Kingdom of God.”

~Ben Siemon, Senior Pastor, Rockingham Christian Church- Salem, NH

Breakdowns can lead to breakthroughs. This dark day can lead to a new dawn. I am hopelessly committed to the HOPE of God. Believing that He is always at work and is ready to forgive, heal, restore, renew, and transform.

~Jarrett Stevens, Lead Pastor, Soul City Church- Chicagoland

I will not give up on leading my kids, your kids into the future to create a better one. Our kids deserve better and it starts with us. Our belief and trust in God, flows with common sense, morality, values, doing and standing up for what’s right. I’m willing to do whatever it takes for MY KIDS, FOR YOUR KIDS to see a better future. Because today isn’t it.

~James Townsend, Olympic Lifter, Former NFL player for the Chicago Bears, and Owner, The Brave One Gym

Armed breaching of capitol security behind a confederate flag is anarchy, unAmerican, criminal treason and domestic terrorism.

~Rick Warren, Senior Pastor, Saddleback Church- Lake Forest, CA


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