Please watch this short video and then see my thoughts below that:
The preacher and the words he pontificates in the video above embody the ignorance and hypocrisy surrounding race that to me defines white evangelicals (speaking in general terms) in America. Which is particularly disturbing because as a Christian myself I am a HUNDRED AND FIFTY percent positive that this type of vitriol is morally compromising and gives the “white Christian church” a black eye. And though that crowd may mask it – even if behind the cloak of their own self-conscious – the genesis of this most unholy doctrine is a prejudiced and in some cases an outright racist set of beliefs.
Let me be clear – I did not agree with every decision that Barack Obama made as president. And I have more than a few critiques I could offer up regarding his time in office – as is the case with all former presidents and CERTAINLY our current one. However, for Perry Stone as an “ordained minister” to jump from those types of customary critiques into a rant about a secret “Muslim agenda” on the part of Barack Obama – illuminates a major and glaring issue in the white evangelical movement that must not go unaddressed. That is to say: when it comes to dealing with matters of race white Christians in this country are clearly and woefully uneducated.
The white church (church should not be so split along lines of color to begin with incidentally) has an explicit agenda that comes into focus every presidential election cycle: 1) Abortion 2) Gay Marriage 3) Supreme Court Justice appointments (Justices whom they hope will bolster the first two bullet points). But, my question is what about the poor and the orphaned whom the Holy Bible addresses a thousand times more often than the hot-button items on their list? What about the demonization of Muslims and Jews? What about voter suppression and the harsh public policies that disenfranchise the powerless who do not have a voice in the political and public arena? Why are white evangelicals conspicuously silent about these and other tangential matters that effect so many of the vulnerable people in our society?
I will tell you why, dear reader, so that you need not walk away scratching your head. RACE. The latter issues listed above effect people of color. A fact of which by its very silence the white church proves that it apparently could care less about. While someone like Perry Stone is quick to jump up in the pulpit and present dubious and esoteric claims about a President – claims that only he and a few other select few are apparently privy to (eye roll) – when Jamal or Latisha are shown to be clearly murdered by the police on camera (which unlike his “Muslim theory” is proven by indisputable evidence) – Stone and the white church as a whole is/are perfectly silent. Or what about when Muslim mosques or people of Muslim faith come under attack? Where are the sermons denouncing that? And, before you discount Stone as a mere religious fanatic or lunatic (he’s a best-selling author by the way), as an exception and not the rule, it’s worth noting that the foremost and most highly respected white preachers and pastors of our day offer up their silence as well. John MacArthur – Charles Stanley – Chuck Swindoll – Franklin Graham – John Piper. These gentlemen will quickly move to denounce an abortion clinic as murder – but remain in the shadows when an unarmed black man or woman or teenage boy is murdered for no good reason and the culprits walk away scott-free.
Whether they have bought into the pervasive denial and counterfeit theories that have been produced by much of White America for centuries or are just generally ignorant to the plight faced by people of color regarding a myriad of social issues – this dynamic is unacceptable. And by the way, what if Barack Obama was a Muslim? Would that mean that he is trying to blow up a building or plot a “jihad”, which seemed to be the underlying implication of Stone’s diatribe in the video above? That view is of course nonsense and needs to be debunked among white evangelicals. But, beyond that fact – lies an ocean of unspoken truths and grossly overdue conversations that need to take place between white evangelicals and people who do not have blond hair and blue eyes. Right now white evangelicals are unfortunately part of the problem (even if unwittingly in some cases) when they need to become part of the solution. That is if they have an authentic desire to live out the ENTIRE gospel – and not just the parts that tickle their fancy. And, to that end, there’s no time like the present.
Oreos to go: The God of the slaveholders who ride on the deck of the slave ship is not the same God to whom the enslaved are praying to as they ride beneath the deck of the slave ship.
More than a blog. It’s a movement.
Though there is much more that could be said, I will have to stop for now. But hopefully you will continue the conversation in your living rooms, at your places of worship, and even with that person of another race you just met as you were walking down the street in your neighborhood.
And also I do have what I think is another interesting plate of cookies on a platter for next Monday (you can share via social media buttons below), when I hope you will join me again to talk some more oreos.