One thing I liked about Dr. Gene Scott was that he treated everyone on staff equally. There were no favorites. He would blow torch a white staff person with the same vigor he would a black or hispanic staffer. One time he even publicly lit up a staff person from Texas for being verbally abusive to the Hispanic workers at the ranch. Dr. Scott believed there was only one color that mattered and that was the “red” blood of Jesus.
Racial Division in the World
Dr. Scott’s kind of thinking stands in stark contrast to the modern worldly view where racial and class identities are paramount. The media is constantly fueling the flames over race pushing stories about “White Privilege” and “Black Lives Matter” into the daily vernacular provoking sentiments of envy, distrust and resentment that has only served to divide people further.
Pastor Melissa Scott and Unity
What I like about Pastor Scott is that she is truly color blind as well. God’s Word takes precedence over other trivial matters such as race, income, or whatever else divides people these days. When Pastor Scott talks about unity she’s talking about it as it pertains to the church. We as a church should strive to come together like the book of Ephesians says “until we come to unity of the faith.”
So while we hear politicians espouse their soaring rhetoric of unity and coming together, the world beneath their bully pulpits still remains hotly divided on a multitude of issues. The only real unity we Christians can ever hope for in this world is that the church can eventually come to a unity of the faith. The only unity the world will ever attain will be some sort of dystopian, hero-worship of an evil, yet charismatic Anti-christ figure who will flatter with the tongue while crushing the unwashed masses into the powder of state servitude and worldwide despotism.
Needless to say, I was disheartened to see the number of African Americans sounding off in a negative manner when Pastor Scott released the “That’s Why We Stand for the Flag” video clip on YouTube. When Dr. Scott brought Jesse Jackson to speak at church, some of the right wingers did not like it. Likewise, when Dr. Scott brought the U.S. Army General to speak on the Iraq War some of the left wing pacifists in the church did not like that.
However, we all tolerated a diversity of political opinion because they were Dr. Scott’s friends and it’s nice to listen to the other side once in a while. Neither speaker represented what the church was all about and no one knew for sure which side of the political fence Dr. Scott stood on. He had so many friends in politics from the Democratic side of the aisle that one could mistakenly assume he was a liberal. Then he could say something about the 2nd Amendment that would cause his critics to think he was a right winger.
Why We Stand for the Flag
Regardless, God’s Word has always been front and center in this ministry and that’s why we’ve never had a problem of racial division in the church. Race, sexual orientation, class all mean ZERO. Jesus Christ is on the throne — end of story. So it doesn’t matter if you’re black, gay, transgender or even a Bronie Boy wearing pink, My Little Pony gear, you’re not going to be judged. But you are not going to have your ass kissed for your identity either. Jesus Christ is King of Kings and everyone else is a sinner being saved by grace and not by their self-righteous works.
Pastor Scott has traveled around the world and she knows that the United States is unique and that it’s our Constitution that provides us our individual liberties — not some messianic demagogue or benevolent despot who gives and takes based on whims. Dr. Scott believed the USA was God’s chosen country in the last days for that very reason. No other country has these our kinds of built-in protections from tyrannical governments coming to power to lord over the individual.
So, when Pastor Scott talks about standing for the flag some people got offended and some left the church. What I would like to say to those people is don’t put your identity politics ahead of God’s Word. A Pastor’s job is to rightly divide the Word of God and Pastor Scott has been faithfully doing that throughout her time in the pulpit. Judging her on any other matter is immaterial. Holding political opinions as paramount to one’s “goodness” is just another form of filthy rags self righteousness and doubtful it’s going to fly at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
“Well, you see Lord, MY political persuasions are what make me a good and moral person — not YOUR precious blood you shed for me. I’m a superior person because I tweet about Global Warming and I think the USA is mean-spirited and racist and I can never learn from someone who stands for the flag. Therefore, I’m sure you can understand why I left your house or worship where your Word was being rightly divided for one that stroked my ego and told me how morally superior I was. Surely you agree, right Lord?”