I never thought that I would have to write a piece like this. Even back in college, when my Christianity was attacked on all sides, I held firm to my faith without lashing out to defend myself.
This is a new day in these yet-to-be-United States. Lines are being drawn. And redrawn. I feel the need to clarify what side I’m on, and why. Take from it what you will.
I used to love Paula White. I found her encouraging, uplifting, and very entertaining. Watching her on TBN was like watching Reverend Barbie. I watched her videos from 2005, and I even bought her book, You Can’t Conquer What You Won’t Confront. Her popularity eclipsed that of her then-husband Randy White, who had taught her how to preach. That was my first tip-off that Paula was going to be big. Paula handled her bigness by divorcing her husband, having questionable dealings with male pastors and bishops, marrying again, and then becoming “top spiritual advisor” to the most morally bankrupt President in the history of this country. In a recent video, she declares that 45 “is 100% a Christian, and he surrounds himself with Christians…” I felt so physically disgusted that I could not watch the end of the video clip.
My favorite Christian movie is “War Room”, produced by the Kendrick Brothers. I rejoiced at the success of the movie with mainstream audiences, and I’ve supported their other projects (“Facing the Giants”, “Courageous”). On Election Day, the Kendrick brothers posted this on their Facebook page:
The Kendrick Brothers
WE VOTED! HAVE YOU? Please pray for America and honor God by voting according to His values today. Don’t put it off. Regardless of the party or your past, your first loyalty should always be to God and His Word. Since God established marriage (Genesis 2:24) not man, vote for those who will honor His design. Since He forms all babies in the womb (Psalm 139:13-14) and hates the shedding of innocent blood (Proverbs 6:17), please vote against those who will destroy the helpless unborn. Since God has a covenant with Israel, vote for those who will stand with Israel. Vote for the religious freedom of pastors and your children to live out their faith. Don’t be distracted by personalities. Please pray and go vote today!
Does that sound like they voted for Hillary? I think not. Don’t believe me? Scroll through their Facebook page. Pay attention to the video they shared the day after the election.
And that’s how it’s been since Election Day. White “Evangelical” Christians have been raising their hands and singing hymns as if Jesus Himself had become President. Yes, there were also non-Whites who voted for 45, but that’s another argument. I spent the rest of 2016 trying to figure out how anyone who follows the teachings of Christ could support a man who represents NOTHING Christ-like. There are only three logical explanations: either they allowed themselves to be hoodwinked by 45’s nonsense, they were as racist and unstable as 45, or they had nothing to lose by 45 being in office. Whatever the reason, something is fundamentally wrong with your belief system when casting your vote for a lecherous, woman-hating, racist criminal computes as “the godly choice”.
How do you justify setting civil rights in this country back sixty years? What do you say to non-white Christians who now live in fear and betrayal? Now that 45 has revealed himself to be insane as well as unfit for office, do you still consider him “the godly choice”?
Obviously, we do not serve the same God, even if we both wear the Christian name. I don’t serve the god of the slave masters and the Klan and the Alt-Right Nationalists and this White Supremacist nation that they all represent. Let me be clear about the God that I serve.
I serve the God who delivered displaced Africans from the atrocities of slavery.
I serve the God who sees all human beings as equal, all with equal access to His love, grace, blessings, and salvation.
I serve the God who sent His Only Son down here to show us by example how to love each other without discrimination.
I serve the God who blessed me with my brown skin, my kinky hair, my thick lips and hips, and my warrior spirit.
I serve the God who gave me a mind with which to think, and to learn, and to distinguish the difference between good and evil, and to choose to have a relationship with Him of my own free will.
I serve the God who was with Grandma and Nem during the sit-ins, and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the March on Washington, and every court decision that gave Black people the legal right to be treated like human beings in this country.
I serve the God who walked with President Barack Hussein Obama through eight years—that’s TWO terms!–of hateful, racist push-back—and blessed him with the guts to look it in the face and still represent our country with class and dignity.
I serve the God who commands us to feed the hungry, give generously to the poor and to help those who cannot help themselves—especially if you are ridiculously rich.
I serve the God who America pushed out of our schools and courts (which is why both are upside-down and backwards), yet Who still watches over us, our children and our loved ones, often without our permission.
I serve the God who will judge Donald J. Trump, his syncophants, his enablers, his co-conspirators, and every supporter who chose hate above reason in the name of God or who knew exactly what they were doing when they put a very wrong man in office.
Are we clear about the God I serve? I hope so. Because if you do not serve that same God, then we have a problem. I do not trust you. Betrayal hits hard with me. I will forgive, but I cannot keep company with someone who would sell me down the river as easily as they would praise God. It’s that simple. Even if you identify as Christian; even if I used to listen to your sermons, even if I have your movies on DVD; even if we’re friends on Facebook (which may not last long), if you’re not with me, you’re against me. If you’re not down with who God really is, then just keep it moving. People like me will overcome again, with or without your help. The true and living God is on our side, because He always sides with the underdog, not the privileged.
I am very clear about which side I’m on. Are you?