How do we speak without prejudice? I read an article on LinkedIn today that was intended to address the reason behind the recent incidents in Charlottesville and other parts of the country. The article, “Why Charlottesville Happened“, was written by Dr. Allen Domelle on August 14, 2017. At first, Domelle appeared ready to address the issue until I read further into the article.
First, let’s begin with the generalizations mentioned in the article. I am not certain if Domelle intended to write a blog entry, an op-ed, or a professionally written piece. To begin the article with the words, “The foolishness that happened…”, already places the reader in a position wherein he or she is forced to choose sides immediately. To present commentary from a perspective of truth and speak without prejudice requires the author to look at the facts from all perspectives.
To state that “Saturday’s events are exactly how people act without Jesus Christ in their life…” is an unfair statement to make, to say the least.
I am not arguing for the actions of either side. However, when one side speaks of hatred towards another side, we understand why the other side decides to take offense. Especially against centuries of maltreatment and prejudiced actions propagated towards their ethnic groups. The Apostle Paul preached concerning our equality in Christ in the Book of Galatians 3:28,
“…There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus…”
In saying this, I am simply saying that I would imagine had Dr. Domelle’s faced the violation of his civil rights, he would speak without prejudice against the injustice just the same.
Another issue to discuss is that Domelle continues by stating that, “It should not surprise us that these events continue to happen in America when we have pushed Jesus out of our society…” Once again, this is an inaccurate assessment of the issue. How so? These issues of race existed prior to the establishment of the first colonies in America. The early colonists already possessed enslaved people when they arrived in the New World. In addition, many of them were professing to be Believers.
To further undermine his argument, Domelle stated that,
“A heart without Christ will look on the color of the skin and hate people instead of looking at the soul that has no color and needs to be saved from Hell…”
So how were the early settlers justified in enslaving people, regardless of the differences in their skin and culture? How were they justified in disregarding and violating the rights of people who were in possession of the land previously?
Also, to further take away from Domelle’s argument, he later stated that the incident in Charlottlesville,
“…the foolishness of the riots in Berkeley, and many other incidents like this are the direct result of a Christless society that is continually being pushed upon us by god-haters, political-correct activist, and alt-left humanists”.
In this statement alone, Domelle proves that he elects to side with the group considered as representing the”alt-right”, conservative perspective in America. The problem is that those responsible for planning the events in Charlottesville and their proponents have also aligned themselves with this group.
What does this mean? It means that there is some instance of confusion somewhere within this group. How so? The Apostle John expressed with clarity,”
“If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also…” (1 Jn. 4:20,21).
No one can say in one setting that we love God and live according to the Kingdom principles set forth in His Word, and in another setting reject those same principles by our actions (Jam. 1:8, 22-25; 3:5-6, 8-12). The very Bible from which these groups use as the foundation for their hatred condemns the actions demonstrated in Charlottesville, past events and recent events. It contradicts what they profess to believe in. In addition, those who concur with the actions or say nothing have much pretty much aligned themselves with these groups.
The point is not to coerce others into viewing this issue from our perspective. The hope is for everyone to lay down the tainted lenses through which we perceive other ethnic and cultural groups. It is also our hope to learn how to approach the conversation in truth and speak without prejudice. I firmly believe that Dr. Domelle had good intentions initially when setting out to address the issue at hand. Unfortunately, at some point (in my opinion), he allowed his true beliefs to enter into his argument prior to issuing an appeal for “soul saving.’
If we are going to address the sensitive issues of life as professing Believers, then let us approach the subject matter from a true Biblical perspective. Let’s speak without prejudice…