This past weekend the hate groups at Charlottesville, VA showed up in my neck of the woods, Middle Tennessee. Many preparations were made for their arrival. The two cities they were gathering at had to come up with physical plans to keep the peace within the group as well as with counter protesters. Where and when people would be allowed access to parks and parking, which streets to close, and even asking some businesses to close on the day of the protest were all things taken into consideration,
Counter protesters had to make arrangements as well with the police and local governments regarding their protest against the alt-right. Furthermore, they held workshops on non-violent protesting. I’m proud to say that such a workshop was held at an area UMC Church. There were sign making workshop at a large pot-luck dinner held the week before the protests to gather together all who would be involved in the counter protests. Bonding and preparing need to happen when love rises against hate.
It was such a delight to see people of many faiths and walks of life, come together and stand against those who would advocate for racism and ethnic cleansing. To see the body of Christ standing in the way of evil gave me goosebumps. The church fulfilling its mission in the footsteps of Christ is what the world needs to see more of in the future.
“If indeed you continued in the faith firmly established and steadfast and not move away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven.” Colossians 1:23 NASB
Dear God, help us to stand steadfast in Your love against those who would do harm to Your children, all Your children. Grant us courage to do so. Amen.