“My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.” James 2:1
I am disgusted and grieve over the recent events in Charlottesville. It’s hard to believe such hate and blatant prejudice is still alive in our supposed civilized nation. And to think the leader of our country glossed over it and didn’t feel the need to specifically address the white supremacists who professed their actions to be in allegiance with his leadership goals and mission.
For all of the people out there who’s only example of Christianity is being a witness to half of the Evangelical nation voting for such a leader, these words are for you.
Please know that this is not the Christianity of the bible. This is not God’s heart toward any man. This is wickedness and evil at it’s very core. God continually says in his Word to show no partiality, to regard no one as better or worse. Galatians 3:28 says, “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” James 2:4 goes on to say that making such distinctions among ourselves means we have become judges with “evil thoughts.”
God’s word says that Christianity is summed up with ONE word and that word is love. Loving God and loving our neighbor as ourselves. It says that anyone who does not love does not know God because God is love. What is not love? Chanted hatred, violence acted out, and murder. If there was an event sponsorship message, it would have said, this rally has been brought to you by Satan himself, straight from the pit of hell.
Mimi Arbeit, a community activist who is helping to organize counterdemonstrations says, “We cannot allow the rise of white supremacy. Ignoring the Klan in the 1920s is precisely what allowed them to terrorize and murder black people in Charlottesville. We cannot allow that history to be repeated.”
So here’s a plea, we must not be silent on the matter, but we must join together — not matching hate with hate, but with counterdemonstrations of love– to pray, to have conversations with each other, to speak the truth, and to use our voice and our actions, not to turn away, pretending it doesn’t exist because our privilege allows us to, but to stand up together and fight for justice for all.
Christ gave his life for all. He showed no partiality and neither should we.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” –John 3:16