Silence on matter of hatred and bigotry an antithetical to the gospel.
I know am not the only one who has been keeping track of what is happening in Charlottesville, VA, and feeling both sadness and anger at the same time. Yesterday, I was in Brazil, reminded of the wonder of God’s creation and the peace He brings in a world that pushes us closer to the edge of what it really means to be Christ’s Church in places of brokenness and sin.
And then I returned back home this morning, to my country that seems to be bursting at the seams with tension, hatred, and division.
As a Christian leader watching all that unfolded surrounding today’s Unite the Right rally, which saw white nationalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members (all making up what we sometimes call the alt-right) call for “taking America back,” my heart is grieving. And seeing the violent turn things took this afternoon, I am crushed.
Now, there are certainly bad people on all sides, but there are not many sides to this issue—this was a gathering of the alt-right, and, whether you supported now-President Trump or not, there is no question they have been emboldened by him (as I explain here).
So, as a white Evangelical, part of demographic category who disproportionally supported President Trump, let me start by saying this movement is antithetical to the gospel. It is an abomination to all that we stand for, and it must be condemned on every level of leadership in the Church. There is no room for waffling. We cannot sit in silence hoping this will pass. As I’ve written before, there can be no question about where a denomination, or Christians in general, stand.
Furthermore, if any Evangelicals have influence on President Trump, they should call on him to have the specificity he has shown with numerous …