As a Pastor of a small Southern Baptist Church in south Alabama, I feel the need to address what took place in Charlottesville and the issue of racism. Why do I feel the need to address this? Because what we horrendously witness in Charlottesville was not an isolated event in America and will surely, though regrettably, lead to more showings of hate. Why? Because racism is an issue that Americans have battled with for hundred of years and, sadly enough, will continue to battle. This issue of racism is not exclusively a “southern thang” and it’s not even just an American issue, but that does not for one second create an excuse for us to continue to allow it or endure it.
Now here are some thoughts I have about racism and white supremacists that I have recently addressed from the pulpit of my church.
- Racism is a sin. Plain and simple, it is a form of hatred and there is NO ROOM for it in the Church and there should be no place for it in society. The Bible is clear of this in James 2:8-10 “8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. 9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.” It’s IMPOSSIBLE to be racist and follow Jesus!
- God loves all people, so therefore we (Christians) will love all people. Jesus’s death on the cross was out of His love for ALL people. “For God so loved the WORLD that He gave His only son.” John 3:16. Jesus came to love and rescue all people, so therefore, believers can’t possibly love one group over another. “Red, brown, yellow, black, and white, they are precious in His sight.”
- There is one race, the Human race. As a Christian, I believe in the authority of the Bible and look at the world with a biblical worldview. I believe God is the creator of all that exists, including humans. God made mankind in His image and at that moment, He created the Human race. We do, of course, have different ethnicities and culture backgrounds that affect our approach to life and the way we look, but, none the less, we are one race. In the eyes of God there is no distinction, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28
- If you’re not comfortable worshiping and being around people that look different than you on earth, then you really shouldn’t want to go to heaven. If there is hatred in your heart toward another person because of the way they look or the cultural background they come from, then Heaven isn’t the place for you. You wouldn’t like it very much. Just read John’s glimpse into what Heaven will be like. “9 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, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”” Rev 7:9-10. Every nation, tribe, people, and language will be together, united in worship of the Savior. Heaven isn’t the place that any racist group would want to go.
Now quickly a few things for the White Supremacist, who, if for some reason, think that you have a place in the Church.
- None are Supreme, but Christ and He alone! No race, no person, no social economic class, or any other grouping that anyone could create is supreme. Any claim to supremacy, is an out right attack on who Christ is.
- Wake up call, Jesus wasn’t white. He was a Jew from the middle-east.
- Hate will NEVER win.
So, if by chance, I didn’t clearly state my viewpoint, then let me do that.
Racism is a sinful and destructive sickness that must be address and repented of by all people. There is no place for sinful hate in the church that I pastor. I won’t tolerate it and I will continue to speak out against it.
I’m praying for the people of Charlottesville, Americans as a whole as we deal with racism and the repercussions to come, and for the Church as we take a stand against Racism.
There is a cure for this sickness and that is found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. May we stand boldly.