Christians can sometimes be tempted into thinking that there are some people who are undeserving of the gospel. We can also fall into thinking that some people are so far gone and so wicked that our efforts of sharing the gospel will be wasted because there is seemingly no hope that they will repent and believe the good news of Jesus Christ. I recommend you watch the video that I’ve linked below. A former Alt-righter/White supremacist shares how he repented of his sin and became a Christ-follower.
I want to share two Scripture passages that reveal the scandalous truth that any sinner (no matter how depraved according to our human sight) can repent and come to believe in Christ.
And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, 2to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men. For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy statement; and concerning these things I want you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds. These things are good and profitable for men. But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about the Law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. Reject a factious man after a first and second warning, knowing that such a man is perverted and is sinning, being self-condemned.
Both of these passages remind us that we who have been redeemed by Christ were once enslaved to sin and were by nature rebels. We were truth suppressors (Romans 1:18). We were hostile to God and hated God (Romans 8:7). We were lawbreakers who failed to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. We also comitted sins against our neighbors, failing to love them as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:37-40).
Yet because of God’s great love for us he made us alive in Christ and took out our hearts of stone and gave us hearts of flesh. Our debts have been paid by Christ and we have been declared righteous through Him.
I encourage you to pray for members of the alt-right/White Supremacists. As Christians, our main desire should be to see sinners come to repentance and that includes White supremacists. I by no means am saying we should be soft of the sin of White supremacy. It is a grievous sin before our God and must be called out and refuted. I simply am compelled to share the truth that we should be praying for them.
However, if I am to be consistent I must also not turn a blind eye to any form of racial supremacy or to the divisive and unbiblical concept of White privilege (as well as the hatred of White people).
I think these truths have become obfuscated in our current climate. I will be sharing more thoughts on evangelism and the scandalous nature of the gospel (especially as it relates to this topic) in upcoming articles. As always, study these issues for yourself. Ask questions. Be like a Berean: compare what I say or what anyone says to Scripture. Speak truth in love (Eph 4:15).