People are becoming so flakey that they now insist that if I do not speak out concerning the Charlottesville incident I will be considered a “white supremacist” (or perhaps a “black racist”). I do not wish to indulge in fruitless word wrangling with individuals whose minds are cemented with their opinions. But if they insist…
The truth is, one cannot present any truth or balance whatsoever without a cadre of loutish-mouthed howlers insisting that he or she is a hater. Now about that term “hater.” It has been misused and overused so long that it is about as effective as calling a politician a liar.
Hate was no more the problem in Charlottesville than was racism, or politics, or the fashion statement of KKK cone-heads. Individuals would like for society to believe that hate was the motivation because it justifies their own hatred. They wish to own the exclusive right to hate, thus their actions are just. However, when people behave licentiously to indiscriminately destroy, kill, maim, rob, rape, and otherwise break the law, their character deficiency is far worse than hate.
God’s word is clear. If people do not love one another—red and yellow black and white—it isn’t necessarily because they “hate.” Instead, it is because they do not love God and therefore cannot abide in His love. And you cannot fight that with hate or violence. To do so is to fall into Satan’s trap.
“The wrath of man does not work the righteousness of God.” – James 1:20
Railing about hate, the baneful influence of cone heads, or the presence of old statues is not going to change the wicked and riotous nature of society. Destroying statues will not contribute to cleansing people’s sin-stained souls. Further, if everything that offended people were torn down in America half the nation would be in ruins. Will they destroy church buildings next? How far are we from true Christians being beaten or worse for simply expressing their faith?
The Charlottesville fiasco was an eruption of a large, festering abscess of sin in a pampered, prosperous, selfish, hedonistic, wicked, entitlement-minded society that throws temper tantrums when it doesn’t get its way. Everyone engaged in the fracas were sinners operating according to demonic spirits. The Holy Sprit is not leading individuals to continue to stir up strife.
Regardless of their color, people who riot to cause mayhem are without moral bounds or compass. They are as scurrilous and unprincipled as an alley cat in a barrel of mice. The alley cat will not kill the mice in the barrel because it is hungry, but will kill them all for the pleasure of it.
The true factor involved was/is flagrant rebellion against God. It is why America is in a state of serious and cancerous moral decay. The current hair trigger to erupt with raw, unchecked, and frenzied rampaging is the symptoms of a society that rejects God. The deeper and more widespread that rejection becomes, the more lawlessness and other wickedness will increase. It isn’t going to get any better until people are broken because of their sinfulness and surrender to God en masse. That’s not going to happen until professing Christians become true Christians and begin standing for truth and righteousness. If that does not occur soon, God’s judgment will fall on this nation.
The fact is this nation does not need an attitude adjustment or an emotional makeover. Further, our society does not need a change of heart—it needs a heart transplant. Sinners need to be dangerously in the presence of Holy God, realize they are rebels, repent, and plead for mercy with weeping and deep sorrow.