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by Mark S

Pastor Mark’s Monthly Voice Message

Jesus Loves the Little Children

Monday, August 28, 2017
by Mark S

Pastor Mark’s Monthly Voice Message…

The events in Charlottesville, VA a few weeks ago have brought to light some of the more troubling hate groups in America today. White supremacists, neo Nazis, KKK and the like have all boldly come out of the shadows. No longer secluding themselves to secret meetings or wearing hoods to protect their identity they boldly marched holding torches for all to see. “You will not replace us.” “Jews will not replace us.” “Blood and soil.” These were all chanted as they marched. Quite disturbing really. In all honesty it made me sick to my stomach.

There is much that could be said about this. For purposes of this newsletter I’m going to focus on the white supremacists who are calling themselves Christian. Many of those carrying torches in the march were wearing crosses around their neck. Upon further research I came across an interview a while back with a Grand Dragon of the KKK. Twice he quoted scripture and twisted it to fit his ideology. I know he quoted Leviticus and 2 Peter, but don’t remember exactly what was said. What I do know is that there is absolutely no way those verses in scripture meant what he was saying. That’s one of the challenges with scripture. We all run the risk of reading a piece of scripture and interpreting it how we want it to sound. We can read a verse of scripture and make it fit our context and situation. I’m not immune to this either, which is why I try to put the time into studying texts before I preach or teach on them.

White supremacists using scripture to back their ideology would be comical if it wasn’t so sad and disturbing. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son.” (John 3:16) “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female, for all are one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28) These are just a couple of pieces of scripture that I think would refute white supremacist beliefs. But, even more than that is the fact that the people who wrote the Bible, and the communities the Bible was written to at the time were not even European Anglo Saxon. The Bible was written and first read around the Middle East and north Africa. The predominant color of skin in these parts is not and has not been white. All the heroes of our faith in the Bible were not white.
So, if anyone tries to convince you that white’s are superior to black or brown or any other colored skin just ask them if they believe they are superior to Abraham, King David, or the Apostle Paul or Peter, or Jesus for that matter who was born a Jew. Would be interesting to hear their answer. I’m sure they have one.

One of the first songs I learned as a child in Sunday school was, “Jesus loves the little children. All the children of the world. Red, brown, yellow, black or white. All are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.” Sometimes it is as simple as a children’s song. Jesus loves people of all skin color. We’re asked to “Love our neighbor as ourselves.” I don’t have a list on how to go about loving your neighbor. My suggestions though will always begin with prayer. Pray for the persecuted as well as our enemies. Pray for guidance in how to best love our neighbor. Study and learn about those who are oppressed. Listen to those on the margins, and see where the Holy Spirit leads you. And while you do this…keep on singing! “Jesus loves the little children.” That includes you! That is Good News! Thanks be to God.

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