#Charlottesville and My Hope for the Church

Racism didn’t start with a rally in Charlottesville, and racism won’t end when the rally is over. My heart broke watching the “Unite The Right” rally transpire over the weekend.

I was saddened for my African American brothers and sisters in Christ. This type of racism isn’t new for them. Many of us just don’t see it every day.

I’m saddened for our country. How did we get so divided? The 1000’s of men who fought and died against Germany in WWII would die all over again if they saw the rally from this past weekend.

I am saddened for myself. I must examine my own heart through all of this. Barnabas Piper said it like this: “Christians must condemn white supremacy. More importantly we must search our hearts and lives for vestiges of it. We’re not innocent.”

Despite my heart being broken, God is still on the thrown and His position of authority gives us hope for a better future.  Let me give you three reasons I’m still hopeful.

  1. I’m hopeful because the Gospel still works.

Jesus died for the racist. Jesus died for the hypocrites. He gave everything for those who gave nothing. Then three days later he conquered sin and death by coming back to life. Anyone who repents can experience life, hope, joy, and peace through Jesus Christ.

I have hope today because the Gospel message of Jesus Christ still works. The Gospel is the only thing that brings hope in the midst of dark situations. Laws won’t remove men’s racism. Only a transformed heart will give them a new perspective in Christ.   I have hope because Jesus is in the transformation business.

  1. I’m hopeful because the church can stand together for all races.

Martin Luther King Jr. famously said “Sunday morning is one of the most segregated hours in America.” He wasn’t wrong when he said it in 1960. It’s still true today in 2017.

But the church has an opportunity now to stand for people of all races. Jesus didn’t die for any one race. His blood unites all of us into a new family. This is what Paul meant when he said:

“Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised of uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all and is in all.” Colossians 3:11

The blood of Jesus Christ compels us to stand up for our entire family regardless of their ethnicity. It was incredible to see pastors all over the place stand up against this rampant sin (Here is Ed Stetzer’s article from this weekend if you wan’t to see an example: #Charlottesville, the Christian Response, and Your Church’s Call.)

I have hope today because the church has the chance to stand up and use their voice on behalf of their African, Asian, and Hispanic American brothers and sisters in Christ.

  1. I’m hopeful because God is still changing me.

While you won’t find me carrying a Nazi flag or promoting any racist propaganda, I have my own sins, and in Christ’s eyes my sins are still disgusting. Where my sins run rampant God’s grace is pushing me to change.

A preacher once said, “If you’re not dead, God’s not done.” God is still working on me. He is working on all of the sin in my life. That same Jesus that is working on me can work to change the racist hearts of the men and women who marched. I have hope because God is an active God who calls us to repentance and a better life.

Racism didn’t start with a rally. Racism won’t end when the rally is over, but we can still have hope.

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How are you finding hope in these dark days?

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