So You Voted For A Racist
We are well within our right — and our mission — to call out Christian leadership — and family — who align with the President. Especially after this week.
So you voted for a racist? What are the next steps?
I can’t tell you what to do. I can only tell you that you should reconcile with the Creator about how you should move forward from what you’ve done. For the record, I don’t blame you. I get it. He spoke the language, he defended the cause. He made you feel like you were being heard in a time when you’ve been led astray into thinking that everyone hates your guts because you follow Jesus openly and proudly.
For the record, they don’t really hate you. They hate who represents you in the public sphere. And who represents you in the public sphere defends this President with every breath they take.
Franklin Graham. “I think God was behind the last election.” Except God is behind everything, so to say that God had an exclusive hand on who would win the Presidential election is a mischaracterization of God’s mighty work.
They just don’t like us because our silence is complicity. We let this slide for far too long and choose to distance ourselves from “those people” when we fear getting dirty doing the work to fix this body from within.
Telling someone that they “should go back to where they came from” is racist language 101. Telling women of color to stay in their place is racist, sexist and misogynistic. And he doubled-down on his comments. We are also watching an administration advocate for the illegal enslavement of Brown people.
You voted for that and it sucks, I get it. I feel you.
Those who identify as evangelical or born-again or Christian without any modifier feel their backs against the well and rightly so. The public figures of our faith and a sizable percentage of the body support and/or voted for this President. At some point, they will have to answer that mighty question of “why?” and being a “voice for the unborn” no longer counts as a legitimate answer.
The end no longer justifies the means. A seat on the Supreme Court no longer justifies the means. Having a “voice” in the White House no longer justifies the means. Reinforcing our stature as a “Christian nation” no longer justifies the means. Overturning Roe v. Wade is not a valid excuse. This is what happens when you look to a king to solve all of your problems. I will lay my life down to say for a fact that President Trump is not a man after God’s own heart.
I think we’ve coaxed ourselves into thinking that walking in love with each other means that we should avoid conflict at all costs. Jesus gave that directive in Matthew 18 for a reason because we were all set to fight. So why is now any different? Why can’t God be present in the room as we work out these issues? Why can’t God be alive in the room as we confront each other in love?
So in this season of lament, I will be praying for you. Because that’s what it means to walk fully in love. Even when I disagree and wonder out loud how you voted for this sexist, racist and misogynistic President.
This is my attempt to write every day in July. To read more, follow the hashtag #wedj2019!