Sweep Around Our Own Front Door: Part 1

A songwriter once penned the lyrics, “Nobody told me the road would be easy, but I don’t believe He brought me this far to leave me.”  Deciding to follow Christ has by far been the best decision I have ever made.  It has also been the most difficult because Christianity in its truest sense is not a religion.  It is a lifestyle that should guide every choice we make, every word we speak or write. There should not be any corner of a Christian’s life that is not covered by the redeeming blood of Christ. That is one reason why the African American Christian community’s reaction to President Obama’s stance on gay marriage is disheartening.

I am not as disturbed by President Obama’s decision because it is nothing really new.  President Obama has always been vocal about his beliefs for gay rights.  Do I, as a Christian, agree with gay marriage?  No, I do not.  I believe that the Word of God is very clear about what our culture has entitled an alternative lifestyle. That’s my personal stance.  I can’t force anyone else to have that same viewpoint.  But I also believe the President Obama’s views and political choices are between him and the Lord.  President Obama hasn’t dictated that we all must share his views.  He’s not threatening to put an end to Sunday morning worship service because the body of Christ disagrees with him. Plus he’s a politician, not my pastor.

What I really want to talk about is how we Christians are attacking the President for choice to support gay marriage. All over social media I’ve seen people posting stuff like the President isn’t a righteous man for supporting gay marriage.  Others have declared that they cannot vote for such a man.  Others have boldly started supporting Mitt Romney.  And you know what, everyone has that right to voice their opinions and to change political parties and hold rallies or whatever.  Though, what many of us Christians have forgotten, is how we as African Americans obtained those rights in the first place.  It was just one generation ago that my mother could not attend the same university I obtained two degrees from.  Not because she was not intelligent enough, but simply because she is Black.  My father grew up as a sharecropper, which was nothing more than legalized slavery. It was just decades ago, not centuries, when we as African Americans had no voice.  We were only thought to be good for manual labor and entertainment.  We weren’t considered citizens, but we were claimed as property.   We were beaten and hosed down like dogs because we had the audacity to want equal education opportunities. We were good enough for others to make profits from our labor, but when we attempted to purchase what our sweat had derived, the store owners wouldn’t even accept the money directly out of our hands.  We had to put the money on the counter so that the Blackness of our beautiful skin would not brush against theirs.  It was just decades ago that Emmett Till was disgracefully and brutally murdered for simply behaving like an average teenage boy.  It was just decades ago when four little girls were killed in a Birmingham church set afire by bombs of hate.  It was just decades ago when the FBI was called down to Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of three civil rights activists.  It was just decades ago when Medger Evers, George Lee, Lamar Smith, Herbert Lee, Jimmie Lee Jackson, Samuel Leamon Younger, Jr., Vernon Dahmer, Ben Chester White, Clarence Triggs, Wharlest Jackson, Benjamin Brown, Samuel Ephesains Hammond, Jr., Delano Herman Middleton, Henry Ezekial Smith, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. all lost their lives because they were fighting to give us access to the rights all humans deserved.  These people died so we could have a voice and a vote and eventually a Black President.  It is my sincere opinion that when one decides they won’t exercise their right to vote simply because none of the candidates are absolutely perfect, then that person may as well go and urinate on all the graves of everyone of those who fought to the death for our civil rights.  It is my opinion, that such people are displaying the ultimate acts of arrogance, ignorance, ungratefulness, and self-righteousness.

It is people, like the fallen heroes mentioned above and people like President Obama, who dared to change the world into something better.  I read somewhere that President Obama has gotten more death threats than any other president in the history of the United States.  Can you imagine how that must weigh on Barak Obama the husband and Barak Obama the father?  How difficult it must be to decide to stand and pursue a better America when even in 2012 is could still cost him his life, the life of his wife, or the life of his daughters! Then despite all of the good he has done (President Obama’s accomplishments in the last 4 years are extraordinary and are far too numerous to list in here, but visit obamaacheivements.org to see what exactly he has done), us Christians have decided that not only is he unfit to be re-elected as President of the United States, we have also deemed him as unrighteous. How dare us!

I wish the perfect man would run for POTUS.  But since Jesus Christ has ascended back to heave and is sitting at the right hand of God the Father, I guess we are going to have to settle for a mere mortal to run the county.  Thank God, that He is still the ultimate leader, for Romans 13:1 says, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority in place except that which God has established.  The authorities that exist have been established by God.” So as a Bible believing Christian, it seems to me that President Obama would not be President Obama unless God ordained it.  You mean to tell me that God would actually use a man who supports gay marriage? Well, let’s see – if God can use a cloud, a burning bush, a donkey, dry bones, a murderer, an adulterer, a persecutor of Christians, a drunk, and a harlot (just to name a few) to advance His kingdom, then yes, he can use a man who supports gay marriage.  I can hear the protest now, “But the Bible says homosexuality is an abomination!” Yes, it does say that. It also says, “There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that have shed innocent blood, a heart the devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies, and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers,” Prov. 6:16-19.

Has your pride every caused you to do something you regretted? Pride is what is being called ‘haughty eyes’.  Have you ever told a lie? Well, God calls that an abomination too, “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, But those who deal truthfully are His delight,” Prov. 12:22.  Most people have not shed innocent blood in the literal sense. But have you ever killed someone with your words? Murdering a person’s character is still a form of death.  Have you ever devised a wicked scheme? You, haven’t? You’re sure?  Well, what about that time you figured out a way to break up a couple so you could make that woman or man yours?  And you even convinced yourself that God had that person for you so it was okay to put a wedge in their relationship. Still not you? What about the time you figured out how to get over on your income tax? What about when you found out how to get free snacks from the vending machine?  That’s stealing, stealing is a sin, sin is sinfulness, and sinfulness is wickedness.  Feet that are quick to rush to evil – surely this isn’t any of us Christian folks.  Oh, by the way, did you remember to set the DVR to record that reality TV show you love? You know, the one where the women the women lie, gossip, back-bite, fight, and manipulate to ratings?  I think you probably get the point now.  No need to continue through the other two, because if you’ve done any of one through five, then you’ve already fallen over into six and seven.

I admit Part I of this article is a little heavy. But so is the cross we bear as we carry the name of CHRISTians.  Therefore, as I write this, I feel no need to apologize for stepping on any toes.  As a matter of fact, just go ahead and prepare yourself because Part II isn’t filled with flowery, catchy Christian phrases either.  But sometimes that just how the truth has to told—ugly, a little offensive, but true none the less.

 

Read Part II  Coming Soon.

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  1. Sara says:

    [Thank-you, Stephanie. Excellent thoughts. Here’s something interesting I found on the web.]

    OBAMA: RE-ELECT ME OR ELSE !!!

    Herbert Hoover’s 1928 Presidential campaign promised “a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.”

    Barack Hussein Obama is now twisting Hoover’s slogan and promising, if re-elected, “a chick in every car and some pot in every garage”!

    For more on the one whose teachers gave him good marks(ists), Google or MSN “Obama a Black-Slavery Avenger?,” “Michelle Obama’s Allah-day,” and “Islam Will Purify Jews and Christians.”

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