Hate caught up with New Zealand last week when a white supremacist slaughtered 50 Muslims at prayer in two mosques. With a lapse in memory of history, we’re looking at evil hopes of a new Aryan race.
White nationalism is sweeping the western world, casting hate wherever minorities appear. It has reared its ugly head in the United States, where Christian people have dedicated the secular government to being “one nation under God.”
For a nation of professing Christians, hate and white nationalism are a religious as well as a secular problem.
While we treat minorities discriminately, the God we profess to be under is impartial.
James 2:9: “But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.”
Luke 20:21: “Teacher, we now that you speak and teach correctly, and you are not partial to any…”
Acts 10:34: Peter said to the Centurion “I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality.”
Even though of Jewish descent, Jesus did not die for Jews alone. The Bible is full of reference to salvation being available to the Greeks (that’s us) as well as the Jews.
Christians are expected to share God’s love impartially, even to the point of loving our enemies and those who abuse us.
Unfortunately, we have seen a cultural drift from the values of Martin Luther’s Kingdom of God to the Kingdom of the World. We can no longer distinguish between secular morals and Christian morals because they have become one and the same.
An excellent example is our attitude about resident minorities and immigration of new ones. In fact, immigration has fired secular politics and divided churches. The bottom line is that Christians are as partial as nonChristians.
Christian love is being put to the test because there isn’t room in the Christian’s heart for loving God and hating Muslims. Neither is there room for loving God and hating Mexicans.
Because Christians know that they should be reacting with love, we disguise our hatred. On the surface, we talk about love but below that Christian veneer is resentment bordering on hate.
Let’s get specific. When you see a Somalian immigrant driving a decent car down the street, your first thought is the injustice of this person coming to America at our expense and being treated to vehicles, monthly allowances and other amenities.
Suddenly, we forget about Christian love and lapse into hatred of a living soul for whom Jesus died. Can Christians hate anyone for whom Jesus died?
We have seen hate of immigrants in North Dakota as people of color keep changing our demographics.
A Somalian business place was fire-bombed in Grand Forks; several community leaders in Fargo have publicly displayed their animosity toward the flow of immigrants. There are certainly other instances where hate for the nonwhite has buried Christian love in North Dakota.
'This has not been a sermon. It is a “calling out” of Christians who have not shared the love of God impartially with new people who have come to our door.