There are no words to express my pain at what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend, and my prayers are with all the families touched by this tragedy. Every American has the right to freedom of speech, regardless of race or gender, and to gather in public without some madman deciding to drive down a street full of people, maiming and killing. I believe in my heart of hearts his actions had nothing to do with racism, or even letting his voice be heard. I am firmly convinced he was set on violence and destruction, and when the opportunity presented itself he simply executed the plan he had in mind all along. Mayhem and murder. If it hadn’t been last weekend I have a feeling he would have found a way to destroy life, at some other opportune time, at other public gathering.
Proverbs 23.7 tells us as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. It also tells us in Matthew 7.18 that a good tree cannot bear bad fruit. The “fruit” Jesus is talking about here is our actions, and how they correlate to what’s going on in our heart and thought-life. If we accept this as truth, tell me – what was the driver of the car thinking when he derive over living breathing human beings?
John 1.13 says that by Him (Jesus) were all things made, and without Him nothing was made. We live in a society that not only denies the presence of the One Who made them but claims they made themselves and need no one but themselves. ‘Self-made’ men and women abound today, and they’re proud of it. How deceived can our be be to honestly believe that? The poet John Donne penned the words, “No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main…”
As a cleric in the Chirch of England during the Black Plague I’m sure he was faced daily with his own mortality. He knew we are all part of what the Lion King called, ‘the circle of life.’ Which would imply that we need each other, because without help none of us would survive. You can never succeed in any venture without bringing others along on the journey with you. What hurts you hurts me. None of us are isolated. We may think we are, but the ripple effect touches everyone.
White supremists stand for hate, and that is diametrically opposed to all our forefathers stood for. You can rename history, in the name of being “political correct”. You can even remove history, so as not to offend militant groups, while ignoring the average patriotic American. But you will never change history. Perhaps we learned nothing from Hitler.
The words of George Santayana ring in my ears: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Charlottesville is a prime example of that. Maybe we haven’t so much forgotten as erased the lessons learned.
My pastor’s been saying for years that Christianity is the new hate speech. He may well be right. But I’m not backing down and I’m not shutting up. This world is in a mess and needs Jesus bad. Few are telling it. Perhaps I’m just the guy for the job. Will ya help a sista out?
Kari, the Truth-teller
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