Charlottesville, VA, is not the only place in America where people display racial hatred, bigotry, oppression, and violence toward people of color, Jewish people, and anyone who stands up for liberty and justice for them.
What we saw on 8/12/17, in Charlottesville, is an old demonically inspired spirit that showed it evil and cruel face US history when some Americans decided to participate in the North American Slave Trade.
What can the church do today to help overpower this ugly and divisive spirit that at one point caused a civil war resulting in over 620,000 American lives?
Christians, through our thoughts, speech, and actions we start in our homes and then in the church to push intergenerational and interracial unconditional care and concern for others (loving others the way Jesus loves us is the standard according to John 13:34-35).
Christians, we need to check where our thoughts, speech, and practices feed racial hatred, bigotry, negative stereotypes, and oppression in our home and in the church, and obey our Lord (if we are genuine Christians).
Christians, let us stand boldly today and tear down the beliefs and practices that promote racism in our homes and in churches. Jesus said when we love the way He loves, the world will stop and take notice. What will they notice? How our love overpowers that evil spirit that kills, steals, and destroys (John 10:10).
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.