North Anderson Baptist Church
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    2308 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621, United States
    Sunday 10:30 AM
We may be in a nation in crisis but this 4th of July weekend I believe we have much to be thankful for and much to celebrate. Even though we are divided in many ways and not everyone feels the same about their lives as others might, God is our Father and we can celebrate what He has given to us ALL, even though it is not the most perfect nation for all, we can, with confidence know it is the best place to live in all the world, bar none! Thank you God for this nation, America.

I don’t want to make light of the difficulties that we are experiencing, in these last days, and the sense of inequity and injustice that many of our brothers and sisters have experienced all of their lives. So, with the acknowledgement of that fact, I care to look at this nation and our issues we are facing with a heart of Christ and believe that Jesus Christ is the key to every difference we might be experiencing. I am not naive to think that the rest of this nation believes the same way I do. So many people could care less about who our God is and in many cases dismiss Him as a fictional person whose name they use as a swear word or that we are someone who is misguided and simplistic in our belief.

As I share the following Scripture as a basis for the message today, remember, again, that many in this divided nation won’t understand the foundation I am setting. Reading the words of Jesus Himself we hear Him say,
The church of Jesus Christ needs to step up in the midst of this crisis and say treat one another in every situation like Jesus calls for here in Luke. This principle is from both the Old and New Testament and God expects the children of God to live it out and not just talk about it.

One of the phrases in the founding document of the colonies of America and now of the United States of America is:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The word in the Declaration used for “not able to take away your rights” is “unalienable.” Then there is “Life, and Liberty and pursuit of Happiness.” Each of these words are written for every American. We know at the time this was written not everyone in the colonies agreed that every person in every colony could have these rights becaused there was already slavery in American colonies but today by the very document that was written for us, all people in the United States of America have those rights. Not everyone, for many decades, have been afforded those rights but they are there written for all of us no matter what color, race or origin. Now we need to make sure that those rights and freedoms are for ALL! Amen!

Because of our Scripture, we need to as the church, lead out in calling for and demonstrating the truth of Jesus’ words and the words of America’s sacred document, written in 1776. Today, will you say with me that we will not only declare but live the truth that all men, women and children will be treated with, justice, dignity and respect? No matter what the nation does, we the church will stand for truth! If you love God, then you will love your neighbor! If you don’t make that an action of your life, you are living a lie!
The Crisis

What is happening in America today? We are experiencing trouble originating from long standing injustice in our African-American community because of the hard hand of poverty, brokenness, prejudice, racism, politics and historical lack of equality. Even though years ago the Civil Rights Act was supposed to change that, it did not. Because of the recent deaths among our African-American brothers and sisters, there have been justified demonstrations to call attention to this situation again. There have been some who rightly have protested this continued injustice of violence against African-Americans by a minority of law enforcement personnel. Has the protest been justified? Yes, and if held in a manner by which the law is followed, then justice can come to those who are wronged. Justice and injustice must be addressed strongly though, for in the past it has been shoved under the rug, but not now, it must be dealt with and strongly.

But, to be very frank with you, there are those who have taken advantage of this perilous time to become a mob, disguised as righteous protesters, who have clouded the issue with their violence, which has caused death of innocent people, law enforcement and civilian alike, and destruction of property, of which much has been in the African-American community, people who have worked hard to get their businesses where they were, making a good living and now they are denied all they had worked for because of these rioters. This should never be tolerated.

It was not just one man, George Floyd who was killed by a “bad” policeman, it was the combination of many unjust killings at the hands of other bad law enforcement officers, sometimes condoned by or at least overlooked by their superiors, which have brought out such pent up feelings that have exploded into marches for the rights of the Black community. Thus a great movement for Black Lives Matter.
Black Lives Matter

Let me at this point in this message tell you that I believe that black lives matter. Latoya and Wendal, Aleyia, Markel and Omari’s lives matter, as well as all the other African-American lives in our congregation and those of this community in which we live. Our mayor is an African-American and “son-in-love” of our own Kay Herbster and Mayor Roberts matters.

All African-American lives matter. But, so do all lives both born and those in the womb, they matter, no matter what color their skin. There are no lives that don’t matter, including the lives of our law enforcement officers, just like our Sheriff Chad McBride.

But, I will not stand with the Black Lives Matter movement! Let me give you several reasons why not. As a Christian I can not support:

1. An organization that is fully vetted in the “LGBTQIA+ movement.” (BLM) “fosters a queer-affirming network. The intention was based freeing themselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual.” (BLM)

As one who believes in the nuclear family described in the Scriptures as God’s plan for humans, I disagree with the group; “BLM wants to disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure.” (BLM)

2. The ideology of the BLM was based upon their founders beliefs in their kind of training they received, the ideology based training of Marxism. (BLM)

3. It is hard to follow this organization and others who do not recognize true use of statistics regarding racial incarcerations, homicide and police involved deaths of African-Americans. The premise they stand on isn’t true. “I hate racism. And I hate when it’s used as a political weapon. According to the FBI’s latest homicide statistics, I’m 11 times more likely to be killed by someone of my own brown complexion than a white person. Also, a comprehensive 2019 study concluded: “White officers are not more likely to shoot minority civilians than non-White officers.” Every loss of life is tragic, but Washington Post’s database on police-involved deaths puts things into further context. In 2020, among those killed were (all males): 2 Native Americans, 9 Asians, 46 Hispanics, 76 blacks, 149 unlabeled individuals and 149 whites (whose deaths don’t get reported by national mainstream media). Only nine black individuals were actually unarmed.” (Ryan Bomberger, African-American, is the Chief Creative Officer and co-founder of The Radiance Foundation.)

“There is no “epidemic” of racist cops killing black suspects. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, police killings of blacks declined almost 80% from the late ’60s through the 2010s, while police killings of whites have flatlined. Meanwhile, in 2017, according to the CDC’s National Vital Statistics Reports, non-Hispanic blacks were eight times more likely to be a victim of a homicide (homicide death rate: 23.2 per 100,000) than non-Hispanic whites (homicide death rate: 2.9 per 100,000).”

4. Not all Black lives matter. “Pro-abortion BLMF declared: “We deserve and thus we demand reproductive justice [aka abortion] that gives us autonomy over our bodies and our identities while ensuring that our children and families are supported, safe, and able to thrive.” Aborted children don’t thrive. BLM groups announced “solidarity” with “reproductive justice” groups back in February 2015. You cannot simultaneously fight violence while celebrating it.” (Ryan Bomberger)

5. They are anti-capitalism. “We are anti-capitalist. We believe and understand that Black people will never achieve liberation under the current global racialized capitalist system.” (BLM) I believe that is a lie and that the only place where any person, particularly a black person, can truly have financial independence is under the capitalistic system of living.

6. The last thought is, I can’t support BLM because I don’t think that there is much about Christianity that resides in its ideas or fundamental concepts. These are somethings the scriptures teach that are not a real part of their thoughts: loving your brother as yourself, forgiving others their sin or mistakes, and living by the precepts of the Holy Scriptures, both the Old Testament and New Testament. The divine documents say that God Almighty, the maker of heaven and earth, is the sovereign God over all and that His plans are working out for our good. It is written that one day Jesus, who came to save the sinner from their sin, dying for all men and being buried and then rising from the grave, will return and take those who have acknowledged who He is to heaven with Him. There are few things in the Black Live Matter that match what the Bible calls to live by under the guidance and direction of the Lord God.

Once again, I do believe that all lives matter but when a life is being threatened daily because of one’s race, then there needs to be better justice for all black Americans. Having lived in the Southwest, I know that prejudice and racism doesn’t just live in the South or North, Midwest, far West or Northeast it is everywhere and there is always someone who is of another race that is marginalized because of the color of their skin. I hate that and I would strive to remind all people, and if necessary to the law enforcement family, to remember that ALL people have rights as American’s citizens, and all people should be treated the same under the law.
Statues and Monuments

I don’t believe in destroying our history in the name of “it makes me feel uncomfortable.” I also don’t think we need to honor people who are wicked and evil and if there are statues or monuments of them, then they should be moved to the appropriate place or places.
Our society has come to the place that if I don’t have a safe zone, then I am threatened by what others say because I don’t agree with them. I believe we need to understand history and not destroy it. You need to know the truth, yes, some of those who have been heroes to some are not necessarily important to others but don’t destroy something because you don’t like it. Fight the right way, through the law to remove it or to have it placed elsewhere. We have a history and if we don’t understand it we will be poorer for not learning from it. I recently saw the statue of Abraham Lincoln and the slave that was depicted kneeling at the feet of the President with his hand on the Emancipation Proclamation. It has been objected to because the black man is kneeling and Lincoln is standing over him. The black man is depicted as a rising man coming out of slavery and his chains are broken and the imagery is so clear that through the Emancipation Proclamation all slaves were freed men and women. People should seek to understand the purpose of the statue before claiming that it is racist and tear it down. Read history about the founders so you can know the truth and how they have help the cause of ending slavery. Thomas Jefferson, a slave holder from inheriting them and sought to free them later in his life, wrote the Declaration of Independence. In the original document there was a paragraph that was later taken out because of two states that objected but the paragraph shows you how he felt about slavery and America. It says, “He [King George III] has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere....Determined to keep open a market where MEN should be bought and sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce.” No man should be bought and sold as property.
The Future

Why on this “4th of July celebration” am I talking about these matters? We as a nation need to make some important decisions and soon.
What if our nation turns to the socialistic ideology that is being espoused?
What happens if the nation we love follows the ideology of those who believe it is perfectly okay to take a baby at the moment of birth and right before the baby is born, kill it through some horrific method so that all its parts can be collected and sold to the highest bidder?
What if they were to believe it is okay to take that newborn baby born alive after a failed abortion and let is lay there on a table but offer it no help to survbive and they can call that humane?
If those who come into political control of the nation believed and acted on defunding or greatly reducing the law enforcement departments so they could not properly do their jobs and that officers would be in danger as they do their jobs, would that benefit a thankless community or be good for the nation?
What would happen to our nation if anyone and everyone could come across our borders regardless of the law, without the proper preparations to become a good and law abiding citizen of America?
What would happen, if because the ruling government mandated free college education and free medical care to anyone who wanted it, including illegal aliens? It would mean your taxes would rise until you could not afford them and all you had worked for all your life would be sucked dry because others who had not worked could obtain what you spent a lifetime acquiring.
The Church and the Answer

My brothers and sisters, we are in a crisis! What are we going to do about the matter of injustice, racism, encroaching Marxism, free everything, costing you all you have to support those who chose not to work for a living. (Make no mistake thinking that I do not care for those who can’t afford what it takes to live. That is not so. We are, as the children of God, to be compassionate, kind, loving others as we want others to love and treat us.)

The church of the Lord Jesus Christ must stand and declare the truth!
Paul speaking in Galatians 6:2 says,
This is what God wants of us when we see others having to struggle in this life? Caring for others is part of the Christians life and heart, we are to do the “law of Christ.” Billy Graham says we become so wrapped up in our own lives we are not looking outward to see others needs, regardless of race or nationality, there should be no barriers for us. Jesus looked upon the sinful mankind that He created and saw the great need each of us had and chose to go to the cross for all or us, every race and color which He made, to forgive us and cleanse us of sin and when rising from the dead, He gave us a way to find heaven and live there forevermore.

Don’t have your head in the sand and ignore the situations and circumstances around you today. Be aware of the plight of the homeless and hungry, those that are downtrodden and oppressed. Allow your heart to become affected and thus create in you empathy that results in actions. We can’t change the past but we can help carry the burdens of the others around us. (Billy Graham)

One of our problems of this day is that people are doing “what is right in their own eyes.” (Judges 21:25) If you read the book of Judges you will see the ramifications of that philosophy. It brings destruction and despair on all who live by that concept. America has enough people who are truly living in that manner and that is one of the reasons why we see the possible downfall of this nation right on the edge.
The church has to be the example for the community. The Church is us, those who are followers of Christ. Therefore we must do what He says, Jesus speaking here,
What does this mean in light of racism and injustice? When you think about the passage, Jesus was teaching the point of not being a racist or a bigot, but be a true, real and loving neighbor because you love God first and then all people are your neighbors, anyone with whom you come into contact. The church does teach this but we must model it for all people to see each day. If you live like this, then you can also follow what Jesus says through John the Apostle found in 1 John 2:9-11,
These two passages have always been significant to me in loving and caring for others like Jesus desires for me to.
How can we love God and be a racist?
How can we love God and hate another human being?
How can we love God and do all those things to another person, to say in some way you are lower than me and I am more supreme than you, because of your skin color or your race?
You can’t live like that and be a Christian that is walking in the light of the Lord Jesus Christ. People can say they are Christians but if their life shows differently, it is clear, they lie!
Jesus loves us all and died for us one and all. Believe in Him and He will change your life for good.

Invitation

Dear friend if you are reading this by way of the internet please know that you are loved and cared for. If you have no relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ His Son, then I invite you to trust Him by faith and receive Him as your personal Savior. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sin of everyone in the world that they may have eternal life. All of us have sinned and all are guilty before Almighty God who made us to have fellowship with Him. But sin broke that ability to have a relationship and Jesus has restored the possibility to know God personally through His sacrifice. Please know that if you will seek God and turn from your sin and pray He will respond with His love and give to you a personal relationship through your belief in His Son and the sacrifice He made just for you. He will call for a change in your life too. He wants you to follow Him, not the world, not your own desires, but to follow Jesus. That brings a life change when you turn from sin and self and by faith believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. There is no Savior without Him being Lord of your life. Your willingness to change by following Him daily in your life will be the proof of your faith. When life throws its curves your way and you have found yourself broken by others or by the world let us introduce you to the only One who can help you…Jesus! You can write or call the office and we will follow up by contacting you. Office phone number is 864-225-2575 and the website address is www.northandersonbaptist.com and the physical address is 2308 N. Main St., Anderson, SC 29621. Dear friend if you are a believer and you have been touched by the Lord and you would like to talk to someone at the church just contact us in one of the ways you see above. If you are a believer and would like to talk about the church and your interest in being a part, please call and we can set up an appointment for you and get to know you. It would be a great pleasure to share our Lord’s love with you. This is a loving church and you are important to us, so please let us know what we can do for you in the Lord.Pastor Bill Rigsby

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