On Sunday I made a brief statement as your priest and pastor at both services Sunday in light of the events that unfolded this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. I reiterate them as I know that there were those who did not hear them, and that the continuing discourse in our nation shows that it is not inappropriate to restate them. What follows below is a paraphrase of what was said Sunday.
As your pastor for 20 years, I have been proud to be a part of a congregation that has a breadth of people from across the political spectrum that have found their unity in the peace of Christ, and live that out in mutual fellowship, worship, and mission. We, at our best, are a light to an increasingly polarized society.
As followers of the Prince of Peace, we decry all violence, and long for the divisions in our country to be healed.
This being said, the unique character of this historical moment in our Nation calls me as a pastor to state without hesitancy or equivocation that the ideology of White Nationalism, displayed this past weekend in Charlottesville, is blasphemy against the Cross of Jesus Christ, who in his death crucified our divisions, so that in the Resurrection we may all be raised into a new humanity unified in Jesus. It is entirely and unreservedly inimical to the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Furthermore, were I to harbor sympathy for such White Nationalists, including, but not limited to, groups such as the Neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan, because they inhabit a place on my side of the political divide, would be to entertain serious sin. We all need to examine our consciences and guard our hearts in these times.
Let us guard our hearts.
Let us pray that all divisions cease.
Let us live as a light to the world.
“O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and have sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off, and those who are near: bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit on all peoples; and hasten the coming of your Kingdom; in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”