My experience with a white supremacist in a NJ church

Shawn and Glennys Hyland   -  

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:3-5

Most Americans, and I am one, believe that moderate Muslims should verbally and unequivocally condemn terrorists’ attacks committed by radical Muslims. I am often disappointed by their silence. Many of these moderates are committed to the ideology that Sharia Law is the perfect divine law. Since moderate and radical Muslims have a shared culture and belief system, we expect and demand, a public renouncing of any evil act done in the name of Allah by fellow Muslims. Why? Because though the moderates are not involved and have no legitimate connections to the terrorists, the radical Muslims claim to speak for all true Muslims.

If we want unrelated people to publicly condemn and deny any association with extremists to ease our mistrust, then the white evangelical community must come out as individuals through social media and other forms of communication to strongly condemn the rise of the white supremacists’ movement. Individuals mean more than organizations, highly recognized preachers, or politicians. It might mean you! Your silence might speak louder than any words…

If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 1 John 4:20

There are no white supremacists in Christ’s church. Sadly, I have first-hand knowledge, there are white supremacists in local churches. There are sinners with strongholds of fear and demonic possession manifested with irrational hatred. I ran into one a few years ago when I ministered at a church on the Jersey Shore. The leadership and its congregation was multiracial and multigenerational. The church location was in a blended community. Therefore, I was even more stunned by my experience. After I spoke on the core beliefs of Christianity, a man approached me after service, but his conversation was appalling. He told me that he believed in the core beliefs (so far…so good). He probed more into my position of a true church and a true believer. We spoke briefly about denominationalism and the broader body of Christ. I drew a definitive line in the theological sand, by the confessing and teaching of these core beliefs. If you believe this, you are a Christian! Then he hesitantly inquired about my views of the KKK. I thought he was joking! I automatically replied, “They are a hate group. They have killed African Americans and Jews.” He disagreed and said, “That is what people think. It is not true. We don’t hate people. We just believe in being separate.” Are you ready? He then told me that the local KKK chapter meets monthly and they would enjoy by Core Belief presentation.

Obviously, I never asked where, when or whatever. I ended the conversation and felt like I wanted to vomit. I regrettably didn’t tell the pastor. I was embarrassed and I could tell by the love of this church for all people, this man would not be there long. I have since returned many times, without ever seeing him. However, this specific morning was not his first time there. The real question is – what church does he regularly attend on the Jersey Shore where he feels comfortable with his bigotry and hatred? It is a rhetorical queston – please do not answer or make false accusations.

My main point is that he falsely believes that he is a Christian and indentifies as such. Therefore, we must clearly deny his association. Not only for our conscience but for his conviction.

To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work. Titus 1:15,16