8/26/18

How to Combat the Alt-Right

By Frank Russo

What most people fail to see about the alt right is that it isn’t a homogenous movement. I cannot stretch this enough. When it comes to ideology the alt right is as far from a codified movement. When I was involved i got a separate answer for everything and usually found myself “punching right”, or attacking people who were seen to be on the same “ideological wavelength” as me. One person told me the alt right was always about racial realism while another told me it was about culture war. Some believed it was about both.

However, with that being said there are a good number of racists and neo Nazis on the alt right. That's a fact nobody can deny from the president down. And that's worrying. Not worrying from a leftist multicultural standpoint, or from a right wing capitalism based value standpoint, but from a biblical standpoint. I take us to 1 John 2:11 “But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.”

Hatred is darkness and God does not show partiality based on what we see but looks at matters of the heart, (1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”).
So the important question remains. True the alt right is a dwindling and unimportant faction in American politics but it's not for that reason they should be disregarded. In fact, it’s for that very reason that we should spend extra time in trying to reach them.

It's clear that the “because I said so” morality of the left and right has failed to sway hearts and minds. We need a reason to not hate. Especially in the morally relative landscape of today. If one is intellectually honest they have to ask themselves why it's bad to hate if so many other things once considered evil are now good and even encouraged. What's wrong with personal hate? It's not hurting anybody right? Wrong. It aggrieves God. I had to learn that the hard way. To see my own son for the blackness that it is. Recently I have had to question if I had become as callous as I had been before I was saved to social issues. I cannot whip myself up into a evangellyfish frenzy of self moral indignation over a statue, nor do I see it as my particular duty to make everyone feel comfortable. My duty is to spread the gospel and the gospel isn't one of comfort. Of course there is great joy and comfort in its revelation and in understanding it, but it is one of rebuke as well. A gospel that exposes the darkness of our sin and the necessity of a savior  So telling the alt right they need to make someone feel “comfortable” for past sins of populaces they may or may not be related too doesn't work either. Because they need to made uncomfortable in order to see why evangellyfish want others to be “comfortable”. It's like asking me to labor forever on a project that one obliquely benefits someone on their earthly days, but ultimately does nothing for anybody's walk with the Lord.

The alt right sees what evangellyism is. It really is nothing more than salvation through works. The belief that man can “make things right” and that there needs to extra reconciliation. Racial reconciliation is a myth and the intellectuals on the alt right, (believe me there are many intellectuals), will eat that up and chew it out for breakfast. Doesn't the gospel teach us that the only reconciliation that matters is between God and us? That our sins needed to be wiped away with the blood of Jesus to bring us back to him? That we couldn't do it on our own? Yet we are arriving enough to think we can fix things that 1). We aren't directly responsible for and 2). Aren't actually important to salvation?

Before anyone freaks I am not saying it's okay to be racist. It's not. But reconciliation already happened through Christ if you are truly born again.

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1). Ezekiel 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

2).Ezekiel 36:26 Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

3). 2 Corinthians 7:10 For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death

4).2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

5). Jeremiah 24:7'I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the LORD; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart.

These verses all point to one thing. The sovereignty of God in changing our hearts. “For the sorrow that is according to the will of God…” it's important to note that sorrow doesn't occur from shaming somebody. Sorrow occurs when God stokes it in your heart and that sorrow produces true repentance. That is how people are reconciled to God. Repentance and acceptance of the free gift of salvation. I know I went all over the place. To the reader I apologize. But I feel that this logic is pointing to a good direction. No amount of MLK worship, or self flagellation in the form of 13th century Monks over you skin color will ever “reconcile” the races. Only Christ can do that because as Romans 3:23 says “all men have fallen short of the glory of God”. That means white men, brown men, white women, brown women. We are all sinners and no amount of reconciliation is going to make that right. We have sinned against our father. It's kind of like a bunch of kids that have been beating and bullying each other while their dad was out and now that their dad has “come back” they try and make it better by apologizing and being nice to one another. But that doesn't do much as your crime was not only against each other but it was also one of disobedience. You sinned against your father too and his punishment can't be ignored. Although in our case it has.

Try to remember that when speaking to an alt righter. They aren't going to be place by trying to make it right now. They can see right through the theological hypocrisy of this movement.

Do you really want to know how to stop the alt right? Share with them some of these verses. They are sinners, just like you, who need Christ. Who desperately need someone to tell them the truth instead of pointing a finger at them. I'm not telling you to make them “comfortable”, (yuck I hate that word), just as much as I'm telling you it's not our job to make our black neighbors “comfortable”. Our job is to be beacons for Christ and to showcase his saving power. I was once on the alt right. I was saved. So if you want to stop the alt right maybe just say this….

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life…..

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