Something happened this weekend in Charlottesville way too close to home. Something terrifying and sickening and just wrong. It’s hard for me to quite know what to say about it. But I would be remiss to talk about fashion or every day life and not to say anything at all.
Just a short trip on the highway from home, white supremacists and neo-Nazis marched in Charlottesville. A place my husband and I have dear memories and friends. Too close to home.
They were violent, emphatic, shameless in their agenda, and carrying torches. The pictures make it look like something from pre-World War II instead of our modern day. And here I am, thinking there’s a difference. Too close to home.
The news of this event is affecting everyone I know, everyone I care about, even people I haven’t met yet in real life (maybe that’s you). The topic will unfortunately affect my kids someday, even though now they’re too young to even be aware of it. Too close, too close, too close.
I remember pulling up Twitter to post something completely unrelated and seeing #Charlottesville. You rarely want to see a nearby town with some sort of hashtag online. Immediately, I clicked it, wondering what was going on. As I looked at pictures and read the details, I literally felt sick to my stomach. Tears started rolling. How can we possibly live in a world where things like this still happen? Have we really learned nothing as a society?
Worst of all, so many of the protesters (the ones carrying the torches) claim that this is what God wants.
Don’t believe it for a second, friends. This evil is all manmade. God hates their agenda and hates this series of events. (Proverbs 6:16-19 offers some insight on this.) There aren’t many things that he hates, but this makes the list. (If you want to know what God is looking for in how we treat each other, check out the Parable of the Good Samaritan.)
So what do we do instead?
Well, I’m going to hate the same things God hates. There is no excuse. I’m not going to brush it aside. I’ll stand with the people I care about, no matter what color their skin or where they’re from.
I’m going to show more kindness, love and respect towards people because we are all people. I’m going to listen to my friends of other backgrounds so that I can fight prejudice and misunderstanding in my own life, things I may not even be aware of.
And I’m going to share the God who sees, cares, and wants the best for us. This is the God who allowed his son to die for us so that we could have new lives and freedom from sin. This doesn’t come from a place of being any better or worse than anyone else. Our sin is the same before God, but the hope and forgiveness available to us are the same too. (Love these scriptures that talk about God’s plan for all people: Romans 5:18-19; Galatians 6:1; 1 Timothy 2:3-6; Titus 2:11-14)
This is a God and a faith I believe in. The fruit of this faith and way of living is good, it is relief for this world, it is a far cry from the displays this weekend. It doesn’t involve torches and propaganda, cutting down another race for being different or violent ways of proving your ideals. It involves denying yourself, loving your neighbor, being set apart from this world. The calling is high, but the results of pursuing it are amazing.
Finally, please send me a message if you want to know more about God, or if you have questions. I would love to share scriptures with you and talk more.