These thoughts are in no particular order. Just some things racing through my mind.
- I have come to wince whenever I read a blog or a comment that begins with “First, I want to say that I condemn all racism; and white supremacy is bad and wicked.” I have found that whenever a comment begins that way, invariably the writer is about to say something horrible.
- I applaud this business for firing this openly racist employee.
- I wonder if the others who paraded the Nazi symbol and shouted inflammatory hate speech were immediately excommunicated from their congregations as soon as they returned. Something tells me not.
- God told Abraham that in his seed (who is Jesus Christ) all the families of the earth would be blessed. You cannot then shout curses at the families of the earth and have any part in Christ.
- God forbade the making of images to worship him. Images are powerful. When a statue becomes more important to you than peace and love, or even the lives of men and women in God’s image, you might have a worship problem.
- You might say to yourself, “It isn’t the statue, it’s what it represents.” This is exactly what Jeroboam would have said.
- If you are more committed to defending the confederacy than the proclamation of the gospel and the advancement of the kingdom of God, you have a worship problem.
- #7 can apply to any ideology or any nation.
- The kingdom of God is not the United States, the confederate states, or any nation under the sun. The color of your skin is not the criteria of membership in the kingdom of God, but faith in Jesus Christ.
- If your fear of other people causes you to take part in or support hate rallies, then you fear the wrong thing.
- “Well, the other side does it too!” is the argument of a 2 year old. Eventually, someone has to act like an adult.
- My heart breaks for the family and friends of the young woman who was killed. May God’s peace be upon them and may they find comfort in Christ.
- #12 has no “but”. Only that.
- The Scripture condemns all racism, idolatry, hatred, bigotry, and murder. There is no “but”.
- To my Presbyterian friends, something to think about: When you publicly defend the “good things” that Dabney wrote, you immediately alienate half of the country. I don’t understand why you do this.
- That’s all for now. I’m going to retreat. This kills me.