A Southern Pastor: Use Your Words

Romans 14:19       So let’s strive for the things that bring peace and the things that build each other up.

As I sit here in my safe home far away in Arkansas, and I watch these events play out where people are attacked, and even dying, I feel horrible, sick. Who are we? When did this happen? What have we become?

I could say so many things: comparisons to other similar events in history and how badly they ended. Delve into scripture and show how this is not what Christ taught us to do. Offer words of hope and love for those who fear and those who suffer.

But many others are doing that, and doing it well. So I will say the only thing I feel God pounding into my heart in this moment.

Get on the correct side. Silence is not an option. Attempting to appease differing opinions is not an option. Hate is not an opinion, it is a disease. Cast it out.

These groups do not want to talk. They do not want to compromise. They do not want to get along. They want to instill fear, preach hate, and bring chaos. They show up with helmets and guns and fatal cars. They hate rationality.

If you do not stand against them, you are standing for them.

It is time to stand for something. What will it be?

Philippians 4:8  From now on, brothers and sisters, if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable, focus your thoughts on these things: all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise.

I call upon all of you to take your words to the streets of your community. Denounce the evil which is happening in Virginia, and more importantly, denounce the rhetoric and lack of leadership which is allowing it to happen.

Pick a side. Silence is compliance. Do you stand for hate or do you stand for mercy?

Clearly and fiercely speak words of peace to every single person you meet tomorrow. Do not shy away because you are afraid of offending them. Educate them about justice. Introduce them to mercy. Be the love this world needs.

And be ready to stand bravely as we are called to battle the growing evil in our land.

Melanie Tubbs is a professor, pastor, mother, Mimi, and true Arkansas woman. She lives with nine cats and one dog on a quiet hill in a rural county where she pastors a church and teaches history at the local university. Her slightly addictive personality comes out in shameful Netflix binges and a massive collection of books. Vegetarian cooking, reading mountains of books for her seminary classes, and crocheting for the churches prayer shawl ministry take up most of her free time, and sharing the love of Christ forms the direction of her life. May the Peace of Christ be with You.