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In response to the Charlottesville rally, Open Bible President Randall A. Bach issued the following statement:

Randall Bach“Enmity between people because of racial differences has been on display in all of its ugliness since Genesis. We recently witnessed it again in Charlottesville, Virginia, where protests, counter protests, and the death of a person all flowed out of differences based on race.

What occurred in Charlottesville is not new. In fact, it is very old, tiringly old. How it must grieve the Lord. Laws are like corrals in that they place some boundaries on conduct, but attitudes and conduct flow from the heart, and laws do not touch the heart. Racism is a prime example.

Anyone who would wave a Nazi flag while proclaiming superiority of one race, meaning inferiority of all others, has a heart problem. The heart is the issue. Followers of Jesus, whose hearts have been transformed by Him, cannot condone racist attitudes or conduct: “ For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us” Ephesians 2:14 (NLT).

We identify and call out walls of hostility. We are accountable before God to reject them, to not be bound by them, and to oppose efforts to construct walls of hostility. While only Jesus can transform hearts, we must be agents of His love and advocates of heart transformation.

Bring down walls of hostility!”

— President Randall A. Bach

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