A Measuring Stick for Charlottesville

What measuring stick are we using to evaluate the deadly violence and intimidation last weekend in Virginia? How sad that white nationalists, the KKK, and neo-Nazis clashed with counter-protesters.

On May 30, I posted Animal Worship: Donkey, Elephant, or Lion? Based on what’s on Facebook, Twitter, and TV this week, it’s clear that believers land in different places with their reactions.

Let’s remember there is only one reliable Standard by which we should evaluate racial hatred.

And it’s not President Donald J. Trump.

Nor is it me.

The Way, the Truth, and the Life

Jesus is always consistent. When Christ speaks, he doesn’t reverse his position the next day, thereby forcing a Matrix-like defense. You and I don’t have to jump in the air and contort our bodies at wild angles to try to explain away Jesus’ contradictions.

Jesus offers truth founded on rock. All other ground is sand which shifts and sinks with the wind.

1. If we approve of Trump’s response to Charlottesville: if Hillary Clinton were President and said there were some very fine protesters and some counter-protesters who deserve blame, would we still support this response?

2. If we disapprove of Trump’s response to Charlottesville: if the timing, tone, and changing messages had come from President Clinton, would we still condemn this response?

If you and I can’t truthfully say “yes” to either question 1 or 2, aren’t double standards a sign of hypocrisy?

But Jesus

If Jesus is our Ruler, why do we try to justify bad behavior by pointing to another person or group we think is worse? In the parable of the Pharisee and tax collector, Jesus warned us about comparing ourselves to others instead of to God (see Luke 18:9-14).

“But Trump / the Republicans / the Alt Right…”

“But Clinton / the Democrats / the Liberal Left…”

How about, “But Jesus”? But Jesus — the Word made flesh– is the best measuring stick of right and wrong.

What would you add to help bring unity and not further division?

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