I love and hate this picture all at the same time. While it was not taken during the events in Charlottesville this weekend… it was taken at another “white supremacist rally” somewhere.
This man is a patriot. He understands the constitution and democracy. He stands and protects the freedom of another … one with whom he has no commonality, most likely no similar world view, and maybe one that if he were being honest over a cold beer… he despises. BUT… he stands there, between those with whom he disagrees and those who may intend to harm. He is a hero and champion for our nation and in HIS example we will change the climate of race in America.
The hate enacted behind this man will never be eradicated through additional protest, violence, name calling, bickering on social media, blaming first one president then another, calling it a “white problem”, calling it a “black problem”… We need to face the facts… IT IS A PEOPLE PROBLEM. IT IS A HEART PROBLEM. So today… I challenge you all my facebook peeps (and I challenge myself) to STOP and examine yourself. Here is the truth… NO legislation will ever solve a heart problem. The law can provide protection and recourse, but it will NEVER eliminate hate. Hate is a heart condition. Examine your heart.
In 2 Corinthians 13:5-14 Paul writes to the church:
Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! 6 I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test. 7 But we pray to God that you may not do wrong—not that we may appear to have met the test, but that you may do what is right, though we may seem to have failed. 8 For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. 9 For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. Your restoration is what we pray for. 10 For this reason I write these things while I am away from you, that when I come I may not have to be severe in my use of the authority that the Lord has given me for building up and not for tearing down.
11 Finally, brothers,[a] rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another,[b] agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. 12 Greet one another with a holy kiss. 13 All the saints greet you.
14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Church… examine yourselves!