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A tragic confrontation between protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia has highlighted the political and social divide in America.

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[Darris McNeely] America has been rocked in recent days by the tragedy that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, where protesters from two different points of view clashed. A car was driven through a group of protesters and a young lady was tragically killed by an individual representing what has been called the “alt-right” of American political speech. The unfortunate victim, a member of what has been called the “alt-left”. Unfortunately, these situations have continued in America, but the aftermath and the discussion at the highest levels with the American president, President Donald Trump, has continued to keep this in the forefront of a lot of minds, creating a great deal of controversy and concern.

When we look at what took place, the clash of two different points of view, we have been seeing this take place on an ongoing basis in America in recent years – we’ve seen policemen shot in the streets, we have seen even terrorist attacks that have originated overseas take place, we’ve seen some even homegrown terrorism take place too, claim the lives of innocent Americans. All of it is tragic. The debate, the discussion that has been taking place with what took place in Charlottesville is something that is particularly disturbing because of the racial implications, the anti-Semitic overtones that took place there. Fortunately, President Trump did in very clear terms talk about the Nazis, the anti-Semitism and the evil that that represents. We on Beyond Today certainly have a long record ourselves in our publications and on Beyond Today media of condemning this, as well – condemning anti-Semitism.

Recently, Beyond Today went to Germany to tape programs for upcoming episodes. We spent a great deal of time at places connected with the Jewish Holocaust in Germany, during World War II and prior to World War II. We went to sites and we filmed programs dealing with those topics, and we saw firsthand the impact of anti-Semitism, of Nazism, in the world scene. It has no place in America; it has no place at all amongst civilized society. So we need to be very careful how we look at all sides of this.

As I step back from it, I look at the condemnation that has taken place and from a biblical perspective see that we perhaps need to go a step further to condemn exactly what is taking place whenever anything like this happens, an extremism that is tearing at the fabric of American society and other parts of the world order right now.

And when we go back to 2 Timothy chapter 3, there’s a scripture that we often turn to help us to understand these times. The apostle Paul writes, beginning in verse 1, that, “In the last days, perilous times will come.” Difficult, destructive times of great evil, as he puts it here. He goes on to say that, “Men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters and proud, blasphemers, and disobedient to parents.” In verse 3, he gets to perhaps more of what we’re talking about here. He describes people as being “unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, and despisers of good” (2 Timothy 3:1-3 2 Timothy 3:1-3 1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
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). And that certainly comes out in many different shades of the extremism that has been expressed in American culture, in all different forms in recent times. And for a student of the scriptures, of the Bible, looking at the Bible to see what God’s mind is on the subject, we should let these matters define how we view it all and how we even act.

One definition that has not been consistently applied is what we might call the definition of sin – from a biblical point of view, the transgression of God’s law. This is exactly what Paul is getting to when he brings out these conditions of the human heart and the conditions that lead to difficult, perilous times of what he describes as the time of the end. It is out of the heart of man, as Christ Himself said in Mark chapter 7, where these evil thoughts come, and then unfortunately get translated into many different actions of evil and hate, destruction, and death (Mark 7:17-23 Mark 7:17-23 17 And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable. 18 And he said to them, Are you so without understanding also? Do you not perceive, that whatever thing from without enters into the man, it cannot defile him; 19 Because it enters not into his heart, but into the belly, and goes out into the draught, purging all meats? 20 And he said, That which comes out of the man, that defiles the man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
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). The perspective that God gives us is the one we should strive for to help to understand what is taking place, and also, to back away from it in our own personal lives, to make sure that we don’t get caught up in any form of evil and descriptions of times and actions that are described here. Strive for a righteous approach, and that’s going to keep us on a more biblical point of view. Help keep that in mind – it will help you to have a perspective which represents the Bible and mind of God in the matters such as what happened in Charlottesville and other matters that take place in our world today.

That’s BT Daily . Join us next time.

Comments

  • ramshorn
    I am in agreement with "Our President", Donald Trump - that both sides bare the blame, but also the city of Charlottesville bares some blame. What if this was a terrorist attack? What protection did the city offer to protect the citizens of Charlottesville from this happening and when will we realize we live in "Trouble Times". How much protection was offered on the city's level, where there any barricades, cement barriers, dump trucks?
  • curlywolfe
    Lets see, group of people with permit protesting removal of a statue attacked by another group of people wearing mask and carrying clubs (How many laws being broken here?) and the group with the permit is being blamed. I am sure that I will be called a racist for stating a fact that everybody here seems to overlook.
  • darrelltadams
    Hello, I for one wouldn't classify you as a racist at all since I can't say that I know you. However, the "facts" as you state them are questionable. Both sides have been reported as attacking each other. Both sides had clubs, masks and/or KKK "Hoods". I might add that only one group carried weapons (legally I presume) and fire torches. And the permit allowed for the "peaceful" protesters to enter the square from one side only, they didn't abide by that directive and came through another section where they contacted the other group which led to the young lady being killed by the automobile attack. We can all have our own opinions of who's most at fault without labeling one side "racist" or the other side as "unpatriotic". I don't belong to either group since I don't think the answer to this problem is protesting or marching. I know that the real answer is for God's people to pray, seek His face and turn from "our" wicked ways. God bless you.
  • Helen - Gramy
    Coming home from Services that Sabbath, turning on a cable news network to see all the animosity, and carnage being displayed in Charlottesville, I was appalled at what was transpiring. The scripture that all of learned from the old AC correspondence course leapt out. Jere 17:9, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked, who can know it?" We live in a world that is subjugated by Satan, that is most evident. I thought about what these White Supremacist were advocating, and I thought to myself, I wonder what their genetic make-up might be? Having taken a DNA test recently, I was astounded by my genetic make-up. 85% British, 9% Irish, 5% Eastern European, and 1% African. Seems I have an ancestor who came from the Country of Senegal. Having watched a lot of Ancestry programs, I am amazed at how many "White" folks have an African ancestor in their past. Especially in those southern states who were slavers. Seems those Slave Masters passed on a lot more to the country than just Sugar Cane, and Cotton! How many more of them might find themselves having Jewish blood, as Lorraine so aptly put it. We live in trying times and it will only get worse. !
  • derrickrose73@gmail.com
    Hi Sister I too have background from many strains (Including, England, Ireland, and Senegal) but as noted we all come from one blood (ultimately) anyway. However, if we stay in the flesh we will be as if we had never been (1 Corinthians 15: 50; Obadiah 16))! Thank you for your outstanding comment!
  • Skip Miller
    Hello Dust, Mr. McNeely answered quite adequately but I want to add my "2 cents worth." Why did God give Jacob/Israel (through Ephraim and Manasseh) so much Stuff? Gen 12: 3 gives us a reasonable answer: God intends to (has and will still even more) bless the whole world through what They (Father and Son) have so graciously poured out upon Britain and the United States!! We have not been given Blessings because We are good but rather because God is good and it is (has been, still is) part of Their plan. The US and BC have at times fulfilled God's Will (but like the Israelites of old) never consistently or for very long. We have been blessed to Share God's Way with all humanity! And we will !! But never have we received anything because of our color, genetics, or any other "apparent" to observation reason. Start thinking Spiritual !!!!!!!
  • kday
    I think God pours out blessing on all nations, but Israel nations are more receptive to freedom and democracy and the ten commandments more so than most other nations that seem like they're not as blessed. And God chose a special nation Israel to bless the other less fortunate nations. Plus in Isaiah 19:25 God chose Egypt the black African nation and Assyria who is modern day Germany as his people and work of his hands. So God is listed as specifically choosing diverse peoples as leading nations on the three major continents to lead and bless the others of their particular lands. God seems fair in that statement. In the days of ancient Egypt they were greatly blessed by God when the Israelis migrated there and became slaves. And Egypt and Assyria and Israel will once again become great nations to bless the world at the return of Jesus Christ.
  • Chris Thuma
    Didn't Paul tell us to let all men see our gentleness? I didn't see any gentleness at the rally. Would anyone expect to see gentleness at a white supremacist rally? The situation was bound to be volital with heated and emotional words expressed. It was sad to see people hurt and killed. However there was an opportunity to avoid the situation. Those folks could have been at Sabbath services instead of the rally. It is tempting to stand up and fight racism, but we are asked to depend on and also to obey God. Didn't Christ instruct us to pray that we are not led into temptation? God's people will be protected if they obey him. If we seek to find a fight I'll bet we find one. Those folks at the rally did. If we seek to learn God's ways I'm sure we will. Those folks at the Sabbath services did.
  • Copperridgemama
    White supremacists have as their focus to be *White* Europeans without any Jewish blood. For them, it is all about being racially pure. My husband recently saw several articles about some of these White Supremacy groups who have had DNA tests and guess what?? Of course, they want to deny that they might have any mixed blood...because they want to be racially pure but they get quite a surprise! God's Covenant with Abraham came down through Isaac and Jacob, from whom came the 12 tribes, one of which was Judah. There's a problem right there, already, for any White Supremacy claim. The promises to Israel through Joseph came through his children, who were mothered by an Egyptian. Again, if you are into White Supremacy,, this is another problem. God chose to work through whom He chose to work through. It's just a fact. The whole world receives the benefits of God's unique promises that came through Israel. His most precious promise was that of His Son, who was of the Tribe of Judah. That sure doesn't sound like White Supremacy to me.
  • Darris McNeely
    It is a myth that UCG teaches British-Israelism. Our message and mission is as far from white supremacy as you can get. We teach as Paul did that God created from one blood every nation and He has one purpose to bless all with salvation. Do your home work before posting stuff like this.
  • darrelltadams
    I noticed very clearly that you condemned the neo-nazi and anti-semitic factions not only in Charlottesville but everywhere as both wrong and evil. However you didn't mention the white supremacy factions that were involved. Several times you used the words, "nazis and anti-semitism", but never the terms "white suprematism" or "white supremacy". Much of the clash or racial divide centered on this aspect of the protests. Of course at the heart of Nazism is the idea of racial supremacy we know, but many there were simply southern Americans that hold to the culture of "white supremacy" outside the construct of Nazism or Anti-Semitism. Calling out those folks by name would have been constructive to the program. Leaving those terms out of the show was to me troubling since those views are more directly offensive to many people of color. Nazis are more directly-Anti American/ Anti-semitism is directly--anti jewish. White supremacists are more directly--anti people of color. I believe that addressing that "evil" by name would have added to the program's effectiveness. Thank you for all that you do for the body of Christ.
  • dust_i_am
    Doesn't the "British Israelism" message preached by UCG and other groups sound (at least a bit) like a message of white supremacy? That God is pouring out blessings on the U.S., Britain and other English-speaking countries, but less so to others?
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