Charlottesville and the Tower of Babel

Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress, via Associated Press

“… The demonstrations in Charlottesville were perhaps the most visible manifestation to date of the evolution of the American far right, a coalition of old and new white supremacist groups connected by social media and emboldened by the election of Donald J. Trump.” [1]

Whether or not we like it, the New White Supremacists are the twenty-first century Ku Klux Klan of yesteryear. The only difference may be the worst thing imaginable—the Internet. If a young, far right Republican—many call them Patriots—pshaw—wasn’t a member of a local White Supremacist group, all they need do is follow one of the organizations online, and before they know it they’re new members. The recruiters aren’t picky. They want bodies, that’s all. Yet, God created all protesters in his image. The rest is easy when you consider the lack of independent thought in many of our young white Americans.

And although this comment may sound rude and out of touch, the insatiable desire for belonging is nothing new. Still, it seems to me that this universal craving has become more devastating for many young people due to (1) lack of human interaction because of electronic devices (2) lack of parental connection because mom and dad are “too busy” (3) lack of self-esteem because of identity issues, and (4) a general ignorance to biblical truth, such as:

“So God created mankind in his own image,

in the image of God he created them;

male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).

When people realize that because God created them in his image, they have an opportunity to BELONG—to the community of believers—to Christ, who is a forever friend—their longing for community is completely satisfied.The same conclusions apply to the Neo-Nazis, leftists and all other affinity groups that came together in the same place at the same time, in Charlottesville. Some of these people may not have any idea why or what they’re protesting about.

“On Sunday, [as] Charlottesville tried to regroup, and to apportion blame,”[2] may I just say that the blame game doesn’t create answers for this type of behavior. These protesters, just as many others, took advantage of “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” (excerpt from First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution).

Furthermore, “Psychologists tell us that the primary way people deal with fear is avoidance. We just stay away from people and places that cause us anxiety. And what causes us anxiety? The unfamiliar, the unknown. That’s why most of us prefer safe, familiar, homogeneous environments and don’t welcome diversity into our lives. Encountering diversity disrupts us, brings about discomfort, and engages us in a world where our deficiencies are often exposed.”[3]

This observation explains a lot about the inner fears of White Supremacists. They call themselves White Nationalists, which is a bunch of hooey. They just want everything in their lives to revolve around themselves, never change, and be in control.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11:1-9: 

“They [the people] said to each other, ‘Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.’ They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.’

But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, ‘If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.’ That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.”

Are we living in Babel? The people protesting in Charlottesville certainly are, because “Many Americans watched transfixed as members of those groups marched down the street, barked out anti-Semitic chants and openly displayed the symbols of Nazi Germany and the secessionist South.” [4] Furthermore, “There’s a comfort and predictability to living in Babel. But there’s also consequences. Living in Babel is what enables ethnocentrism, nationalism, racism, and other “isms” to thrive. Living in Babel is what causes the great divide between the “haves” and the “have-nots.” Living in Babel is what leads us to believe that nothing important exists outside of our own walls. Living in Babel encourages us to label people unlike us as “others” and see them as the enemy. It’s what allows the “us vs. them” mentality to thrive.” [5]

In addition, every time we see these riots that include loss of life and violence, the unresolved anger in America continues to grow… read more.

As I come to the end of “Lives Matter” blog postings, I pray that by reading through each post again, we will remember that, “all lives matter”… read more.

Until next time …

[1] https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/13/us/far-right-groups-blaze-into-national-view-in-charlottesville.htm

[2] https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/13/us/charlottesville-virginia-overview.html

[3] http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2016/june/what-tower-of-babel-can-teach-us-about-our-desire-for-true-.html

[4] https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/13/us/far-right-groups-blaze-into-national-view-in-charlottesville.html

[5] http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2016/june/what-tower-of-babel-can-teach-us-about-our-desire-for-true-.html

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