In the light of the weekend’s terrible events in Charlottesville, we should be mindful of some things to be clear and upfront about, and all informed by Scripture.
“Salvation is from the Jews” – Jesus, John 4
They were amazed and astonished, saying, Why, are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we each hear them in our own language to which we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya around Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—we hear them in our own tongues speaking of the mighty deeds of God.” And they all continued in amazement and great perplexity, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” – Luke, Acts 2
“If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.” – John, 1 John 4
“After this, I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb” – Revelation 7:9
“Now there were at Antioch, in the church that was there, prophets and teachers: Barnabas, and Simeon who was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” – Luke, Acts 13:1-2
1. There is nothing even vaguely Christian about Nazism with its attendant violence and hate. If you espouse Nazism you cannot consider yourself a disciple of Jesus.
2. There is nothing even vaguely Christian about antisemitism, and those who espouse hatred of the Jews – as the KKK does – are denying the Gospel and the Savior who suffered for our sins.
3. There is nothing even vaguely Christian about racial hatred and white supremacism. It is a complete denial of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Those who hold such views cannot consider themselves to be Christians, espousing as they do that they hate their brother while claiming to love God – and thus proving themselves to be liars.
4. Nazism is not one legitimate ‘side’ of this dispute to be considered, and we should have zero interest in being ‘one’ with those who hold such views. Our anthropology is our theology, and any leaders – civil or ecclesial – who do not clearly and openly condemn Nazism and its attendant white supremacy and race hatred are not morally qualified to hold office in any church or any level of government.
5. Christians in the US have a great responsibility to pray for this nation, for those who serve in the civil government in Virginia and elsewhere, that God would eradicate from our hearts every last vestige of this heinous evil of hate, and that God would mercifully pour out his Spirit in fresh, new, and life-giving rivers so that we might see his power do what no mere human can accomplish.
6. Christian prayer IS action, but it is not the last action to be taken. All Christians should do all that they can do in their various spheres of influence and as neighbors to bring healing and reconciliation, through practical and courageous love proving false the claims that white supremacy and antisemitism are acceptable by Christians and represent the Gospel, and openly standing with those being attacked by white supremacists.
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