Is there an answer to my questions? Can I actually do something? Because I just do not know.
I am so sickened that I can barely speak, and I certainly am struggling for words. The President’s words today blaming victims and defending proud and violent white supremacists fills me with so much anger and fear, and I know that I cannot remain silent. If I remain silent, I cannot step into the pulpit in faith every again.
But I have no idea what to say. Do I comment on literally everything? Do I try to scream into the voice of screaming and hope my voice comes through? Do I just cry?
Because I do not know.
How do I fix this? How do we fix this? How does anyone fix this?
I want to help. How do I help?
I can do this, and I must do this:
I condemn the President’s words today fully. There is no equivalence between the two groups and I stand with those who were and are protesting the white supremacy groups of this country. I mourn with the family and friends of Heather Heyer, and I pray for the recovery and resolve of all those who were injured by the terrorist who plowed his car into the protestors.
President Trump’s words are indefensible, and this is not debatable. I write this as a pastor, as Christian, and a human being.
If you are offended by this, or you think I am speaking out of turn, this is addressed to you specifically. If you are not offended by President Trump’s words, this is addressed specifically to you. If you want to minimize the anger and fear this event caused, this is addressed specifically to you.
Every commandment, every call, every bit of Christianity is based upon two commands, and this is a direct violation of the second:
Love your neighbor as yourself.
I stand with those who stand against hatred and bigotry in all forms.
That is the Christian response.
I love you all, even if this addressed to you. I pray for this world and pray that we can stop hating each other.
And I pray that the world calms down enough that I can write something joyful on this blog soon.