Racial hatred and bigotry are nothing new, however, there is actually a color more superior than white.
Expect more trouble because of the white supremacists, and specifically, Richard Spencer, and even though this is nothing new to this nation, the message they bring is about as anti-American as it can be. White supremacists have been around for as long as the nation has existed, but today they’re becoming more vocal and visible, and this can lead to violence. Former president George W. Bush said that bigotry and white supremacists have no place in America. In a recent speech at the Bush Institute in New York City, he said “our identity as a nation…is not determined geography or ethnicity or soil or blood,” and “that people from every race, religion [and] ethnicity can be full and equally American.” Why then do we see a more prolific rise in groups like white supremacists around the nation and around the world that we’ve seen before? Or is it, as some say, only because we have better news coverage today? Regardless, I believe Spencer’s ideas are extremely dangerous, like the ideal being an all-white nation. If you are white, I don’t believe you can know what that must feel like. Richard Spencer seeks to restore a “dispossessed white race,” calling for a “peaceful ethnic cleansing” to stop the “deconstruction” of European culture.  Is there such a thing as a “peaceful ethnic cleansing?” Peaceful for whom? It’s certainly not peaceful for those being “cleansed.” In fact, I believe this philosophy incites people to racial prejudice, bigotry, hatred, and violence, and those are the last things we need these days.
Richard Spencer’s event at the university in Gainesville actually prompted the governor of the state to declare a state of emergency so that they could prepare for possible violence. Even though some thought it was over-blown a bit, Spencer’s event follows other recent rallies by neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, so Florida Governor Rick Scott does not want to see another deadly clash with counter-protesters like happened in Charlottesville. If this man is teaching anything, he is teaching that inequality exists among people based upon how they look, and that we should base a person’s worth, not on the merit of their character, but upon the color of their skin. This keeps alive the false idea that some men are not created equally before God, however we know that God never looks at the color of a person’s skin…He looks at the heart (1st Sam 16:7). Almost every time we judge by sight, we’re wrong, or we’re off some, so it’s better not to judge others at all, most of all by sight. I’m busy enough judging the one I see in the mirror. I don’t care what color of skin he has…it’s what’s inside that I’m concerned about, but I do have concerns about those who spout racial superiority or supremacy based upon color. God made of every one of us out of one man, Adam…and we all have the same color at heart…red! There is no excuse for a Christ-follower to show partiality since God never does (Acts 10:34; Rom 2:11). In fact, He doesn’t save based upon who we are, but upon whose we are. Even in Paul’s day, there were neither Jew nor Gentile, free or slave, male or female (Gal 3:28; Col 3:11), and I would add, rich or poor, strong or weak, black or white.
The University of Florida was so concerned about Richard Spence’s speech that they spent half a million dollars on security. That’s how seriously they took it, and with Charlottesville still fresh in their minds, can we blame them? I wonder what these white supremacists teach their children about people of different color. Do they teach their children that they’re superior just because they have different skin pigmentation? What does color have to do with character? How can one person boast over another of a different color? How can anyone boast at all (1st Cor 4:7)? Even in the Old Testament, the nation of Israel was commanded: “You shall not be partial in judgment. You shall hear the small and the great alike. You shall not be intimidated by anyone, for the judgment is God’s. And the case that is too hard for you, you shall bring to me, and I will hear it” (Deut 1:17). It is not about race but grace. The only color that matters for us is the color red, and that represents the shed blood of Jesus Christ, Who came to give His life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). Jesus didn’t die for people of only a certain color, but people of all nations, people of all languages, and people of all colors. It is God “who shows no partiality to princes, nor regards the rich more than the poor, for they are all the work of his hands” (Job 34:19), so as God’s children, neither should we show partiality.
The crusade of Richard Spencer is of great concern to me, and I believe it should be to all of us. If we can protest, let us protest in a peaceful way, but we cannot be silent about men of such character, whose intentions (he says) are good, but whose philosophies are anything but good. These can divide the country, polarize sides, and can possibly create another violent event like the one in Charlottesville. If Charlottesville has taught us anything, let it be that we cannot underestimate these powers of darkness, which teach that the white race is superior to all. Since we know this is not of God, there is only one other source that this could be from (2nd Cor 4:3-4). Mr. Spencer, did you realize that “if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors” (James 2:9)? If only you would believe God’s Word, and could honestly say, “I understand that God shows no partiality” (Acts 10:34), so it’s not about race, but about grace.
Article by Jack Wellman
Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is a writer at Christian Quotes and also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.
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