Pastor Culley Speaks Out . . . .

Violence In Charlottesville, Virginia
Posted August 12, 2017

We are living in trying times. The actions and events carried out at the White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia over the last few days bear out the fact that the climate of bigotry and racism is alive and well in this country. We have a president who through his divisive, racist and xenophobic rhetoric has created an atmosphere of hatred and bigotry that supports and perpetuates white supremacy, neo-Nazism, the KKK and white nationalism. He has emboldened these organizations through his attack on people of color, his travel band on Muslims and his racist coded call “to take our country back”. Without saying it, he has given permission for these hate groups to bring out in the open their racially prejudiced philosophies and activities.

When David Duke, a former leader of the KKK was asked what these tragic events in Charlottesville, VA represented, he replied, “This represents a turning point for the people of this country. We are determined to take our country back. We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in. That’s why we voted for Donald Trump because he said he’s going to take our country back.”

We as a people, we as a church and we as a country must speak out against this insanity that threatens our core values of honesty, decency and love for one another. Do not be weary in light of these challenging times. God is still in the blessing business. In times such as these, we must stand firm. 

 Paul says in Eph. 6:13-18, NIV. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. 

Our prayers go out to the family of Heather D. Heyer, who was fatally injured when a car plowed into a crowd of protestors, that also put 19 people in the hospital; for the families of State Trooper Berke Bates and Police Lt. H. Jay Cullen who lost their lives in a helicopter crash while monitoring the white nationalist rally.

Let me close with a quote from Nelson Mandela that was tweeted by President Barak Obama:

     “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or
      his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to 
      love; for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."

God bless each of you and continue to keep the faith.

Pastor Tom J. Culley