The following is what I shared this past Sunday morning (8/13/2017) at New City Church regarding the events that took place this weekend in Charlottesville:
As many of you know, and for those that don’t, this past Friday night in Charlottesville VA, on the campus of the University of Virginia, a group of self proclaimed “white nationalists” marched with torches through the campus. This continued Saturday at their “Unite the Right” rally, comprised of white nationalists, neo-nazi’s, Klu Klux Klan members and others, proclaiming to “take America back.”
These people are often referred to as the “alt-right,” however any sane person knows this title does not accurately describe who they are. Rather, they are racists, they are bigots, and they are demonic. Again, let me be clear, white nationalism is not just racism, it is demonic.
All human beings are created in the image of God, are loved by God, and are offered forgiveness by God through Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. All of us. God plays no favorites, and desires that all would be saved and come to the knowledge of who he is.
“Let us not forget, God sent his son – a brown, Middle Eastern man – to save the whole world, including sinners of every race and ethnicity.” (Bruce Ashford)
Christians: let me be clear, “if the Jewish, middle-eastern, person of color, you call Lord doesn’t transform your view of racism, nothing will.” (David Fairchild)
If you claim that Jesus is king of your life, and you are not alarmed, saddened, and heartbroken over this and other similar events, then Jesus may not actually be king of your life.
As a church, and as a predominately white church, we cannot sit idly while so many others must live in fear due to the hate of others. Like me, you may wonder what you can actually do about this situation and others similar to it which seem to happen all the time. To be honest, I don’t fully know. But I do know one thing we can do, and that is to pray.
- We can pray for those most hurt and affected by this. That God would comfort them in their grief, and that they can, in this terrible situation, feel the love of Jesus in ways they never have before.
- We can pray for all those who belong and support this demonic “alt-right” group. That God would convict them of their sin and turn their hearts towards him.
- And we can pray for ourselves. For our own prejudices towards others who do not look or act like us. That God would show us the areas in our lives where we, consciously or not, discriminate against others. And that we would truly learn to love others the way Jesus has loved us.