How Will We Respond To Charlottesville?

It’s sobering to think an American citizen was killed standing up to Nazis on American soil this weekend. Now their web site is calling her a fat lazy s— who was a drain on the system. It’s unreal. 
In spite of this, we have to speak a better word than this to the world my friends. We have a better story to tell. It’s not going to happen by retaliation, vengeance, or returning hateful speech. Seeking after those things would be like drinking poison and hoping our enemy will get sick. 
Let us be people who speak the truth in love. I don’t want to let our enemies off the hook, but I do want to give them a chance at redemption, to regain their humanity. I want to give them a chance to be redeemed. 
There must be consequences for their actions but if all we can speak back to hate is more hate then the battle is already lost. 
Be angry, be heartbroken, be hurt, be as upset as you need to be, but don’t let yourself become like the enemy. Don’t lose your humanity to hatred. There is a better way.
God help us, for only You can.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Ephesians 3:20-21New International Version (NIV)

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Rick Lee James

Rick Lee James worship leader, a singer and songwriter, preacher, author, and Podcast host with over 15 years of experience in ministry. As host of the Voices In My Head Podcast Rick has worked with Jason Gray, Andrew Peterson, Sara Groves, Paul Baloche, All Sons and Daughters, Michael Card, Brian Zahnd, Tripp York, Brett Mccracken, Ian Morgan Cron, Michael Card, Walter Brueggemann and many more. In 2013 Rick released his first Live album of original songs called, Basement Psalms Live. In 2014 Rick released a book to accompany the album called, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through the Psalms. The book has since been used as a textbook by National Praise and Worship Institute’s Psalms survey course at Trevecca Nazarene University. Rick also was a contributing writer for the book, Renovating Holiness, edited by Jay Thomas Jay Oord and Joshua Broward. Rick has also been a contributing writer for Worship Leader Magazine and has had a number of songs published by Lifeway Worship. Rick’s new album, ‘Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations’ will release on March 17th, 2016 (St. Patrick’s Day). All songs on the record are being published through Lifeway Worship and are written, co-written, or arranged by Rick.