Reflections on Charlottesville

Here’s a bit of what I’m thinking about Charlottesville as events continue to develop:

1. While (as I have said) I don’t consider most Christians to be in any way responsible for the actions of a few alt-right nuts or to have anything in common with them (except perhaps skin color), we have an obligation before the Lord to speak out clearly about the sin of racism, which is a stain on our nation and an obscenity in God’s world, particularly when it rears its ugly head in our society.

2. While I am also very concerned about the anarchic actions of certain groups on the left–who have attacked police officers, Republican congressmen, and certain conservative speakers on college campuses, for example–I think, given America’s “original sin” of racism, that when events like Charlottesville happen, we need to condemn the racist thugs first, and then have a full stop, allowing those words to sink in. Only then should we go on to condemn violence on “all sides,” as valid as that criticism may be.

Because of America’s troubled history with race, we need to go the extra mile to make it crystal clear where God’s people stand on this issue. I hope I have made it clear where I stand.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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