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How Should Christians Respond To Charlottesville?

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charlottesville candlelight vigil in Washington DC 2017

A Christian Response to Hate, Racism, Bigotry, 

and most recently Charlottesville

Charlottesville, Virginia has become the focus of conflict and controversy after a man rammed his car into a crowd of people at a white supremacist rally. One woman died and 19 others were injured in this terrible act of racism and hatred.

What Should Christians Think of This?

Many would look at this as a political issue or an issue for society to deal with. But we are talking about racism here and racism is a moral issue. Christians need to take a stand on every moral issue.

We are all part of the church which is made up of all nations, all races, and all colors. This type of heart issue angered Jesus so you have to ask yourself, “Does it anger me?”

There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.

The Problem in The Church

The Pharisees of the Bible days tried to keep people out of the church that they didn’t feel were as worthy as themselves. Jesus condemned the Pharisees and there was no group of people that angered him more.

While Jesus was angered by the Pharisees, he had a different approach to others. He spoke kindly and sincerely to all people that he encountered; even prostitutes and lepers who were ostracized in his day. But the Pharisees, who claim to be of the church, he called hypocrites.

Jesus hated when one group of people put themselves above another and so should we. White supremacy should anger you.

"Take America Back"

The group of white supremacists claimed that they wanted to “take America back.” They want power.

As Christians, we should also desire power. It is promised to us.

God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind .~2 Timothy 1:7

These men simply do not understand what it means to truly have power. Power is not gained through bullying and hatred. The most powerful people on earth and throughout history are the ones who fight for peace, unity, and above all, love.

If anyone will ever “take America back” it will be those who seek to unify America and not divide it.

What Should Christians Do?

Christians seem to think that if they are not part of the problem, then that is good enough. It’s not merely up to our pastors and our leaders to make a difference.

Doing your part is not merely liking this on Facebook or praying for America. Everyone has a platform from which to speak.

Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of the dangers of remaining silent. Silence is not your part. Remaining neutral is definitely not your part.

The fight to end racism in our country begins with us. Today.

What Would Jesus Do?

Jesus never thought of himself as an elite. He never felt he belonged to a special group. Even going to church shouldn’t make you feel “supreme” to other people.

This is where it starts, in the small things. We should never feel superior to anyone else or simply choose to remain silent when we could speak out.

As Nelson Mandela wrote:

“I never lost hope that this great transformation would occur… because of the courage of the ordinary men and women... No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion.

People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

This fight will be won by the courage of the ordinary men and women who choose to speak and to unify.

Watch this great response from Pastor John Mark Caton of Cottonwood Creek Church in Allen, TX on how we should respond to hate.

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