10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? (1 Corinthians 1:10-13 KJV)
I believe there are many people in my home area that are wondering if I will write about what have happened in Charlottesville, Virginia (a few miles away). They are also wondering what will I say and how will I connect it to the Bible. I have thought about this for a few days and it came to me, like most of my writings, while I was in bed and all was quiet. I am not a minister nor am I trying to be, however, like me everyone can read and read with understanding. 1 Corinthians came to me as well as another book in the Bible.
Paul wrote and spoke for God and, as I have always said, what applied then applies now. Nothing have changed nor will it ever. God does not want us to be divided, having one faction over the other, because a house divided will eventually fall nor will it prosper. Earlier, God said for us to bear fruit and prosper and, in that metaphoric way, mean we are of the same vine, we are one.
What happened in Charlottesville was not only an attempt at division but an abominable show of idol admiration. That goes contrary to the reading in Ezekiel and everything I have ever learned. This also opens a bucket of worms in that the reading goes deeper, much deeper.
16 Because they despised my judgments, and walked not in my statutes, but polluted my sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols. 17 Nevertheless mine eye spared them from destroying them, neither did I make an end of them in the wilderness. 18 But I said unto their children in the wilderness, Walk ye not in the statutes of your fathers, neither observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their idols: 19 I am the LORD your God; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; 20 And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the LORD your God. (Ezekiel 20:16-20 KJV)
Read not what you want but what is written. All the ruckus started because an idol was under discussion, to be removed or not. Idol worshipers marched, not only to show their division with the people that do not believe in the things that they believe in, but to also idolize a statue. A statue of a person that was for not only keeping a people enslaved but to keep a nation divided and he had said he did not like statues of any sort.. His side lost but is still revered by many.
In Ezekiel, I read that the people today should not do as the descendants did but follow God and not praise idols. But, to take this even further, an idol is an image which mean even those that do not expound other heroes. In Ezekiel, it does not differentiate between good or bad idols except the praising of God.
Let me say this because the final interpretation is for you to decide. When I look at a statue I am not praising it or anything near worshiping it. Not so with what happened in Charlottesville, they worshiped the idol. They want division. They will be damned to eternal hell. So will we if we idolize instead of observing. Only idolize the Lord, keep your eye on God so that you may see the truth.`