@WarnerMiller. Given the history of the church and even the way Christ sometimes conducted himself, public protest has its place. However, a dilemma can occur when we align ourselves with the angry, disrespectful expressions of our day. Public protesting is negated when we encounter other voices that would use our participation to further unrighteous or hateful causes.
In my mind’s eye, I can see the civil rights protest that utilized nonviolence. I think any public protest that cast dispersion on another human would defeat the purpose of protesting. We protest for change not for the destruction of a perceived enemy or political opposition. Hand in hand the protest should provide a remedy for the oppressed and the oppressor.
Commited is a commitment we should do so understanding that our protest may be view as unlawful. We should protest with a willingness to go peacefully to jail. I learned that from one of my Uncles who was a conscious objector to killing during the war. His willingness to pay an ultimate price led him into a great ministry behind bars.
When I was younger the members of my congregation would gather in “shut-ins” to petition Heaven for change or deliverance. I was allowed to march for fair housing but only until the march passed the street we lived on. Then we had to go home and take naps. We had Sunday evening services.
I guess my short answer is, march with purpose and solution for both sides or stay home. The world does not need the voice of the church added to the melee. Even if they think we should.