More and more people are calling for a resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan. The Klan started out as a really bad practical joke among former Confederate soldiers. Over time, it grew into a legitimate terrorist organization. Today the Klan, at least as generations before us knew it, isn’t around. Sadly, the nostalgia remains.
Earlier in February, the editor and publisher of a small Alabama newspaper called for the KKK to, “night ride again.” He went on to say that the gated communities of the political class, namely the left side of the spectrum, needed to be raided. In Georgia, a student at one of the state’s largest colleges posted a picture to social media of a black student in his class with the caption, “Need to call the Klan to solve this issue.”
Christians should be the first to denounce such thinking. When we respond to this kind of talk by writing it off as “one minor incident” or something that was “taken out of context” or, worst of all, say things like “Well, we really wouldn’t have these problems we’re having today if the Klan was still around,” we are complicit in evil.
Nostalgia is a funny thing. For some, the Klan takes them back to, “the good old days” when times were simpler. As if there were no problems in 1950. Sadly, this kind of reminiscing has no regard for neighbors who are black, Jewish, Catholic, or whatever else might have them in the sights of the KKK. There’s nothing “simple” about waking up with a burning cross in your front yard and a brick through your window.
A Christian calling for the return of the Klan is on par with the angry mob yelling “Crucify!” at the battered and torn Messiah. Both are antithetical to the gospel. Christians, before all other people, should hate the Klan. It is a cult that abuses the name of Christ and the word of God for its own hellish purposes. We should no more want a resurgence of the Klan than we would smallpox.
The good old days didn’t end in 1968, 1950, or 1864. They ended in the garden of Eden. True Christians do not look back to cowards in white hoods in hopes of setting things in order. They look ahead to a conquering King who gave his life for all of his people, not just white people. They don’t brush off the terrorizing of an entire ethnic group as the cost of doing business. They renounce it for the damnable evil that it is. They humbly kneel before the cross of Christ where all men stand in need of repentance. They don’t celebrate the perversion of that cross being lit on fire in order to terrorize others.
If you find yourself thinking that the Klan’s return would make things better, you need to repent. Otherwise, don’t bother calling yourself a Christian.