Before you start a rant about what happened in Charlottesville, please read this.
Yes – the events occurred and the people that brought about so much pain and hatred in this world are evil. But, hatred begets hatred, and that starts a cycle of division that we DO NOT need.
Just a few years ago, after two towers fell in New York, the Pentagon was ablaze and fields burned in Pennsylvania, we stood in the face of those who opposed us from beyond our borders and said, “We are stronger. We are united against you.” Today – we need to say the same to those from within who wish to destroy what makes this country great. This country never needed to be made “Great Again,” but instead reminded of how great it already is and will continue to be.
Proverbs 31:8 (NLT) calls us to “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.” That means standing up to oppression, within and beyond our borders. Today, more than ever, we need to be unified as One Nation that’s come together to give voice to the oppressed, and jointly empower one another in the pursuit of happiness.
So, before you go about posting memes from Inglorious Bastards about hunting Nazis, or “why you need a 30-round magazine,” remember that the violent rhetoric only entrenches people’s beliefs and makes them feel justified in further acts of violence. “I did this because he threatened me,” should never be a defense of an action.
If anything, let us stand in silence—joined arm in arm to oppose the polluted thoughts and actions that are trying to splinter the fabric of our American way of life. Let the words of hate fly by, as we stand stronger together as a nation, unified by love for our fellow citizen – despite our differences. Let us be aware that as loud as someone shouts, we will not be torn down by evil.
In an appeal to the “protestant Christian” roots of the Klan – Where, anywhere, did hatred become a message of Christ? His message was simply about love – to God and one another. Any actions against that message only serve to embolden Satan’s grasp on Man, and separate him from God’s love.
Today I pray for a united nation. I pray for hatred to be eradicated from our hearts, to be bound by the love of Christ, and to come together as “one nation, under God, indivisible.”