It’s extremely hard to grasp the concept of a Christian-based hate group. It is an oxymoron. It does not make any type of sense. For centuries, The Ku Klux Klan has terrorized the black community under the coverings of white sheets, standing with burning crosses. They aligned themselves with the fascist regime, the Nazi Party, and donned Confederate flags with pride. They stand for everything and anything white, even if those things contradict themselves, and even believe that God is white. They believe that Blacks and all other POC are inferior, and should be eradicated. Then there are those who may not be openly joined with groups such as the KKK or the Alt-Right, but get angry at the talks of tearing down Confederate statues and memorabilia. One would think they would seek knowledge about their very own “culture,” before forming such harsh beliefs.
The United States went to war against the Nazi Party, a.k.a. Hitler, the Holocaust, etc. The Nazi’s Lost. A “Proud American,” would not side with the enemy, or that would be like, treason right? How unpatriotic of the Alt-Right. Not even Germany wants anything to do with the Nazis and actually bans the flag and arrest anyone caught doing the Nazi Salute.
Let’s back it up even more. The Civil War. Any history class will at least be truthful about one thing: the Confederacy lost to the Union. Plain and simple. Robert E. Lee, a Confederate General, addressed the topic of the removal of confederate memorabilia, stating that it would be best to “obliterate the marks of strife,” meaning to get rid of anything that reminds people of the sufferings of the civil war, and to also align itself with the Union, now, the U.S.. The flag, the statues, the memorabilia, were not meant to keep around for the purposes of remembering history. They were kept to remember hate. It was never about history and culture, it’s about continuing the curse of generational hatred for POC. There’s no way to argue this without acknowledging that first and foremost, the Confederacy believed in the enslavement of “lesser beings,” blacks, and still fight to this day to keep POC from gaining equality with white men.
Now let’s talk about the white Christians that hate. The bible CLEARLY states, “Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him,” as well as, “But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them” (1 John 3:15 and 1 John 2:11, respectively). Furthermore, 1 John 4:20 says, “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.”
Are these people reading the same bible?
Probably not, just like they are not reading history books.
The fact that the first thing out of those people’s mouth is, “well look at the racist hate group BLM! They’re doing it too!” is pathetic. The Black Lives Matter movement was started as a response to the egregious amount of police brutality and lack of justice for black victims, not to hate white people. Oppressed people cannot oppress people. However, victims of abuse do rise up against their abusers. If you cannot see the difference than I pray God will open your eyes, to see the own log in your own eye so you can remove it. As a mixed person, and “racially ambiguous,” people often want to hear what I have to say about what’s going on. Do I hate white people? No, I am half white, I have a white mother, and I have white family members. I also have white family members that are/were racist and I have disassociated myself with them. I am also half black. I have experienced hatred and injustice, yet I do not have the same struggle that black Americans have. I do have privilege as a light person, and I aim to use that privilege any way I can to speak for those that have muted voices (let me know how I can help!).
This should be the goal of every person, especially Christians. Especially white Christians. You simply cannot be a believer and have hatred in your hearts. We have to do better. We will be held accountable for our actions, and our lack of action. We will be judged, we will be asked why we did not care for our brother and sister. We will have to suffer the consequences. Maybe you don’t have to join a counter-protest but your daily lives and interactions with POC and any oppressed person should exemplify mercy, grace, and love. White silence is dangerous. You must have these discussions to teach love and help others remove hatred from their hearts. It’s not about hating yourself for being white, it’s about disassociating yourself with hate. If it means that you’ll lose family members or friends by standing up for justice, for the truth, for God, then so be it.
God is love, and in order to have God, you have to know love and vise versa. You have to truly submit to His will, His commands, His Word, even if it means losing everything you know. It’s a process, but in the end what would you rather have? An easy life, or an eternal life? Being a Christian is never going to be easy. Standing up for God’s truth, that all men and women deserve love and mercy, is not going to be easy. It will, however, be worth it. God has shown grace and mercy to each and everyone of us, we are supposed, commanded even, to do the same for our brothers and sisters. Ending hate and racism starts with you. Christians have been given power to influence nations, and unfortunately, many have only used their platform to promote their own hatred. We have to do better. Stop playing the blame game. Stop pointing fingers. Accept the fact that the KKK, Alt-Right, and other Confederate groups are the spawn of hatred. They are NOT in alignment with God’s word.
Faith without works is dead. It’s not as simple as pray the hate away. We must do the work! We all must walk in Love with God. Magnify Him!
I pray that everyone reading this, regardless of race, religion, or otherwise, will take at least one thing away from this: Take responsibility for your own actions toward others.