My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others? Do not try to blend the genuine faith of our glorious Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, with your silly pretentiousness. Dear brothers, what’s the use of saying that you have faith and are Christians if you aren’t proving it by your words and actions? Will that kind of faith save anyone? (James 2:1,14)
In other words, we cannot claim to be Christians, we cannot claim to follow Jesus and at the same time claim to be a white supremacist, a white nationalist, a member of the KKK, or a member of the neo Nazi Party. They are antithetical.
Nor can we simply stand by and say nothing, or choose to say silent about the horrendous bigotry of these groups whose foundation comes from hanging black people and exterminating Jewish people, Catholics, gypsies, gays and other groups.
Can we accuse Christian groups of genocide? Yes, but that was not our foundation. Our foundation was in Christ who only accused the religious leaders who condemned and discriminated against others.
Romans 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh perspective in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience how His ways will fully satisfy you.
2 Corinthians 5:17 When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun!
1 Peter 2:1-3 So get rid of hatefulness and deception, of insincerity and jealousy and slander. Be like newborn babies, crying out for nourishing, spiritual milk that will help you grow into salvation if you have tasted and found the Lord to be loving and compassionate.
We must explicitly condemn those who wish to uplift these heinous hate groups and claim they are less than domestic terrorists. The actions of the man in the car who killed Heather Heyer, a legitimate protester of these violent fringe groups, and injured nearly 20 using his car as a weapon was a domestic terrorist. Our WWII veterans gave their lives and limbs to prevent Nazis from gaining entry into countries like the United States.
There is an old saying: “When you dance with the devil, the devil leads the dance and has a hold on you.” Members of these fringe groups are dancing with the devil. Anyone who follows these groups or lifts them in acknowledgment is dancing with the devil.
Lukewarm folks who do not take a stand against these groups are standing on the shore between two rivers. One river is putrid, swirling, roiling and bubbling. In the middle of that river is a gorgeous, slick dancing partner, holding out a hand, waiting to devour you.
The other river is Living Water. It is calm and flowing; standing upon its waters is someone beckoning you to take His hand and follow, to walk alongside Him in faith to share His lighter load.
When you walk with Jesus, if you allow it, He will transform your heart and mind. He will allow you to see our Father’s unconditional love and generous grace for all people. He will let you experience the way He writes your name and the names of others onto His hand and heart like a tattoo to remain there forever in forgiveness and compassion.
And once you experience that, you will have a hand which writes names on your heart, too.