It’s so sad.
A new wave of unrest created by a handful of evil people.
Plus, a lot of distortion, media lies, Facebook myths and misunderstanding is out there.
As a Christian, I am so upset and in pain over this tragedy in Charlottesville.
Our brothers and sisters in Christ who are black, I want to say I am so sorry this has happened.
The KKK/Nazi supporters could only get less than 200 haters nationwide to join their cause. But it has one too many.
The evil collectivist ideology of racism, white supremacy and Nazism that is unbiblical and anti-freedom – using the power of government to compel their hate on others.
Hate is not just festering in their hearts, it’s now being proclaimed worldwide, beyond their greatest expectations.
So, let’s put it all into perspective.
Here are 9 critical … little known … things every Christian should know:
- Hate and Bigotry: What does God’s Word say about hatred? 1 John 2:11 says, “But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.”
It’s clear in Scripture, our standard is not hate or bigotry. It’s love. Galatians 3:28 reminds us, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
We are all equal in God’s eyes. All sinners. All Christians, no matter what color, saved by grace, nothing we do ourselves.
Racial reconciliation is the knowledge that all human beings are made in the image of God. To declare war on a race of people is akin to declaring war on our Creator.
- What Happened?: A small group of under 200 white supremacists from around the nation gathered for a “Unite the Right” rally to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The group clashed with a small group of violent, armed counter-protestors (and many were peaceful protestors). A car rammed into the peaceful counter-demonstrators, killing a woman and injuring 20 others. A police helicopter monitoring the events crashed, killing two on board. It was a day of violence between warring ideologies whose common bond was hatred., and a group of people upset that the hateful Nazis and KKK were there.
- Where Were the Police?: Good question. The police got out of the way and let the two sides fight it out. It was chaos, violence out of control as nobody tried to stop the fighting between opposing groups. A newsman recalls that when protestors began lobbing tear gas, the police began to leave.
“I asked the guy in charge, ‘Where are you going?’ and he said they’re leaving, it’s too dangerous. They had an opportunity to nip this thing in the bud and they chose not to,” recounted the newsman.
The situation could have all been prevented at the start.
- The President’s Statement Comes Under Attack: Trump was taken to task for not calling out the white supremacist groups in his initial statement … while events were still unfolding. Trump clearly said that hatred and bigotry from all sides has no place in America. But It doesn’t matter how Trump responded, he would have been criticized by liberals and progressives anyway … whatever he said.
On Monday, he clearly said he condemns the violence, naming white supremacists, Nazis and the KKK.I wish it was that clear on Sunday – but the President does not have a communications director.
- David Duke, the KKK and Nazis: The “White America” Duke and the Nazis want is a socialist country that uses the power of the state to enforce unconstitutional and immoral laws to oppress anyone not approved by their collective elitism. Although Duke tries to align himself with Trump, Duke is no friend of Trump, who on many occasions has disavowed any support from the KKK and Nazis. Duke tweeted to Trump, “I would recommend you take a good look in the mirror and remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency, not radical leftists.”
That’s nonsense and is totally untrue.
- Mainstream Media Giving Fringe Groups Unwarranted Publicity: Nothing could make a group of 200 white supremacists happier than gaining a ton of free publicity. And the media is only too happy to oblige, especially if it, once again, offers them a chance to paint all conservatives and Trump with the same broad brush of “racism and bigotry.” Does this surprise anyone? This was not a “news event” as it was more ammunition in the progressive media’s ideological war on true conservatives.
The followers of David Duke are small and insignificant. But this event sadly created a massive platform of recognition for their hate. In fact, the liberal media, including CNN, MSNBC, CBS, and others have given them millions of dollars of free publicity and new hateful recruits.
The media focus: Attack Trump relentlessly, not the hateful groups.
- Healing a Nation: Charlottesville is a tragic example of what happens when a culture turns from Christ. We, as a country and as a people, lose focus and get caught up in the emotions of anger and hate. We become self-centered instead of Christ-centered. We must reclaim our commitment to biblical values of equality and love and use them to replace the lowest common denominator of hate and violence.
- We Need as a Nation to Repent: Daniel 9:4-5 says, “And I prayed to the Lord my God, and made confession, and said, “O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments, 5 we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments.”
Daniel prayed in a pagan country for a true heartfelt change. I pray that the evil that happened in Charlottesville ends. Romans 8:28 reminds us, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
- The Church Must Step Up: Not just in Virginia, but nationwide, the churches must be a source for light and truth. People are hurt. Confused. They need Christ.
We must recognize we can do nothing on our own, that we need God’s divine guidance in our lives, that “Greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4).
We must start by accepting the fact that we are all made in God’s image, that we all have a propensity for sin and violence, and that we need the healing balm who is Jesus Christ to bring a divided nation together.
God’s Word in Ephesians 4:31 tells us to “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.” Only then can we begin to see others as fellow human beings.
I am convinced that without the healing power of God, our nation is doomed to a growing hatred, unrest and disunity.
Watch this powerful 7-minute video that brings to light some painful truths about Charlottesville … and asks the question “Where were the police?”
Here is an awesome prayer for Charlottesville tragedy — join in.
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