It’s been six months since my last post. A lot has changed, in fact this has been one of the most eventful seasons of my life so far. That’s not, however, my reason for returning from my time off. My reason is simply the heartbreak I feel over the events that have taken place in Charlottesville. Not only does my heartbreak, but I can’t help but feel a significant amount of frustration over the ignorance America faces. Everyone seems to be taken by surprise at this, and yet we have been begging and pleading with you for months to see that it was there all along. The absolute hate demonstrated over the past two days should immediately bring any follower of Christ to utter desperation, and if it doesn’t you should be ashamed to call yourself a Christian. I don’t care what side of the political spectrum you stand on, this outright and directed hate is awful, and no follower of Christ shouldn’t be hurt by it. I can’t imagine how the heart of God Himself must be breaking for these children of His. However, despite the awful nature of these events that have taken place, I urge my fellow believers to not turn to hate for these people. You cannot fight hate with more hate. This world is dark enough already, and we do not need more hate. Only love can truly trump hate. This is what we have been chanting from the beginning, but it can only be made real to us in dark times like these. I encourage you to pray for these brothers and sisters who are lost, and to do nothing but spread love and Christ in each and every situation. Only through love can hope be found, and only through hope can faith thrive. We must hang on to the Promise God has for us, and believe that Jesus is not only coming back for us, but that He is a sanctuary for us in our time of need now. We live in dark times, and it only gets worse from here. The only thing we have left to do is love. Love is the only thing that will get us to the end.
Secondly, for the people who seem to think that they are unaffected by this senseless tragedy: you’re wrong. This is the type of hate that should affect everyone who claims to follow Christ. This should affect you to your core whether you are white, black, gay, straight or anything in between. This isn’t just a race or political issue, it’s a people issue. Don’t lose sight of your humanity in the midst of others being persecuted. An attack on any of the children of God is an attack on us all, and should be viewed as nothing less.
I won’t sit here and point fingers at groups like All Lives Matter, because at the end of the day if this doesn’t show them how wrong they were before then nothing will. We have to stop being so divided as a people. Stop getting offended because someone else is oppressed and they get special treatment. That’s not even humanity. We have to show love to everyone, especially those who are persecuted, and if that offends you then you and I aren’t reading the same Bible. This life isn’t about us, it’s about God and it’s about love. Don’t get it confused. I pray that everyone reading this is nothing but encouraged, and for my persecuted brothers and sisters, know that you are loved beyond measure by a God who is sovereign over all of this hate. I pray that you would find strength and courage in these dark times. My heart breaks for you.