“By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another.” ~ John 13.35
According to a MSNBC report, a “Whites only Christian gathering riles some Alabama neighbors.” It’s an annual pastors conference that ends today and according to the flier, “All White Christians” are invited. This special request has angered local townspeople who don’t want to be associated with the message’s implications. The two groups sponsoring the event are ironically called Christian Identity Ministries and the Church of God’s Chosen. According to the former’s website, they believe that “The Anglo- Saxon- Keltic- Germanic- Scandanavian People are Israel.” They claim that their chosenness has been revealed to them through “overwhelming proof” but “don’t think the white race is superior.” They do, however, seem to appeal to separatism:
“We do not hate other people. They are also God’s creation, and He called it good. We just love our brethren (John 13:35). The Negroes and the Aborigines love their own people. The Chinese and the Indians love their own people. The Jews and the Arabs love their own people. We love our own people, and we want them to repent of their sins, and serve their God.”
“We just love our brethren.” The scriptural reference employed with the use of this statement are the words of Jesus who asks his disciples that we love others as he loves us. And Jesus did not love us separately or die for us separately. He did not carry a black/white/red/yellow/brown/beige cross and he did not rise from the tomb for one people group. That familiar verse explains this love and the condition of his sacrifice: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believe in him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3.16). Whosoever– not me and mine, us or “our brethren.”
We are the keepers of all our brothers and sisters and so I ask that you join me in keeping this group of believers in prayer that they might love and accept all believers not based on the social coloring of their skin but because we have confessed a belief in “one Lord, one faith and one baptism” (Ephesians 4.5).