This past weekend, violence broke out in Charlottesville, Va. as a white-nationalist rally was held. White nationalist’s had planned a “unite the right” rally to protest the removal of statues of leading Confederate figures in Charlottesville. This rally was met by locals organizing a peaceful protest in response to the white-nationalist’s. As they met, fighting broke out and a man driving a Dodge car rammed into a crowd of protestors killing one lady and leaving others wounded.
This event has been heavy on my heart as I’m sure it has been on your heart as well. If I had been in a pulpit yesterday, this is what I would have I said;
1) Let there be no mistake about it… God loves us all. Everyone!
All lives matter!
As the children’s song puts it,
“Red and yellow, black and white,
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children of the world.”
The color of our skin does not matter.
Our socioeconomic status does not matter.
Our family legacy does not matter.
Our nationality does not matter.
God loves us all… Caucasian, Hispanic, African-Americans, Native-Americans, Middle-Eastern… God loves us all.
Paul said, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, slave nor free, there is neither male nor female for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28).
2)We need to stop pointing fingers and arguing and come together.
America is a big land. There are Southerners and there are people from the Mid-West. There are people from the West and people from New England. We are all Americans.
Do we see things differently? Yes! My political views may differ from the man or woman from California or New England. But, these differences don’t make either one of us a bad person.
Today, we are pointing fingers and yelling at one another. I think the root of this is cable news and talk radio. When you are yelling at someone you can’t listen to that person. We need to listen to one another more. We need to be willing to work together as we can.
Now, someone may say, “You want me to work with a Democrat even though they support abortion?” And yes, the Democratic platform does support abortion. I do not support it but, I’m not going to let my disagreement with someone on that issue prevent me from working with them on another issue. Again, we need to work together. Let’s find some things we can work together on and do those.
3) God is not married to a political party.
Sometimes as Christians we can believe that God loves or that God would be affiliated with a certain party. Not so! Friends, no political party has a monopoly on God. I know Christians who are Republicans and Democrats.
America is not going to be saved by the Republicans or the Democrats. Jesus and Jesus alone will save America!
I am concerned about our nation. I am concerned about the division that I see. I am concerned as I see us blaming one another.
We must come together. I pray we do.