The Nazi-precipitated demonstrations and violence in Charlottesville a few weeks ago were disturbing for at least a couple of reasons.

  • RACISM: the public gathering of arrogant whites proudly displaying contempt for all people unlike them.
  • THE OLD NAZI STRATEGY OF FREE STREET VIOLENCE:

    We see violence in the streets a lot. But we haven’t seen much of this large-group, organized, explicitly Nazi, anti-American kind.

That is disturbing because the idea of it is to sow a broad fear throughout the American public. They want us to know they can be violent, can do it in groups, and intend to come for us, wherever we are, we who don’t meet their standards of purity – blacks, Hispanics, native Americans, Jews, LGBTs, other religions (including many Christians) – who knows what all may or may not meet their vile standards?

So here’s a statement I read in church the following Sunday:

Hitler came to power despite the fact that most Germans did not like him and his Nazis. But it is a myth that gun control allowed this to happen.

What most helped Hitler come to power was thugs roaming the streets FREE FROM civil control

– without effective resistance from police or courts, newspapers or churches – power centers that could have resisted.

The Nazi thugs were allowed to beat or assassinate representatives of those power centers if they complained. The authorities let these bullies roam with great freedom, whether with guns or clubs or just their fists, and they intimidated, beat, or murdered pretty much whoever they chose.

THEY – the free-roaming violent thugs – are what made it possible for Hitler to come to power.

  • It was not gun control.
  • It was not liberals in Parliament or in the churches.
  • It was not Jews,
  • or gypsies,
  • homosexuals,
  • or people with physical handicaps –
  • not workers unions,
  • not Communists.

It was lawless thugs in street gangs, street marchers, perpetrators of street violence, pretending to be conservative defenders of the honor and purity of Germany.

I don’t believe you can be a Christian in America today while imitating or approving of similar behavior in our streets.

What about it?

What will we who claim to love and follow Jesus – what will we love and serve?

“He has shown you, people, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To do justly,
to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God
.” -Micah 6:8

Coddled white street thugs, lovers of hate and violence, neo-Nazis, have nothing to do with Micah nor with the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. They are not defenders of anything good, but rather the enemies of good.

What should Christ-followers think and do about that?


 

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