This past Sunday morning, in light of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, I made a statement strongly condemning racism in all its forms. I called on the church to speak up, not to be silent, and to use our influence in our community to decry violence and racism, and neo-Nazism in all its forms. It is true that America has been racked by loud voices and violence in many of our big cities since the day after the Presidential election and it needs to end.

I believe that the church must speak loudly and single out racism whenever it raises its head in our country. What happened in Virginia was disgusting and the loss of life was sickening. The faces we saw on our television screens were angry faces representing hearts filled with hatred. The reason the faces are angry and the hearts are hateful is that the hearts are empty spiritually. They do not know Jesus. Some carried crosses trying to give the impression that they are Christ followers. Nothing could be farther from the truth. No one who is truly a Christian and has the love of Jesus in his heart can possibly be racist. It is not possible. The love of Christ drives out hatred.

Jesus told us clearly to love one another. Paul told us to be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another even as Christ has forgiven us. Ephesians 4:32. Revelation tells us in Chapter 7 verse 9: “ After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” There is simply no compatibility between racism and the Scripture.

So, church, please pray. Please use your influence. Never be silent in the face of the blatant sin of racism. Tell people about Jesus. Pray for revival in America. May it begin here if that would please God.

Pastor Andy