Before the presidential election I was shocked to hear that so many brothers were apparently willing to trade worship for pragmatism.
The idea was this: both candidates are unworthy to be president but Hillary is worse than Trump, therefore vote for Trump.
Well the initial statement is absolutely true. Donald Trump supporter of homosexual perversion, limited abortion to babies that are produced from incestuous relationships & rape, crass and brash attitude (enough said though I can say more) is clearly unworthy to lead a nation.
Hillary Clinton a liberal, LGBTQ advocate, abortion extremist, public habitual liar, & someone who is a threat to religious freedom (enough said though I could say more about Clinton as well) is obviously a worse candidate than Trump but the idea that I must choose a “lesser sin” is void of worship & utterly pragmatic.
I thought it was clear that we should worship God in the voting booth and vote for a 3rd party candidate that would honor God with their policy but apparently many brothers chose a “lesser evil” which is wrong yet completely understandable, I get it.
What I don’t get is the response after Trump’s election by Jemar Tisby, the leader of an organization called the “Reformed African American Network”.
Earlier last week, James White responded to Jemar’s recent comment (below) of feeling unsafe around white Christians in his own congregation.
“This is probably going to surprise a lot of white people and maybe even sound offensive to them. But here it is, just the raw honest truth. I really, this Sunday, don’t feel safe worshiping with white people.” – Jemar Tisby
After hearing such a comment I thought he must be in an unhealthy church that actually supports the sinful positions of president Trump, but to my surprise his comments & reasoning reflects rehashed liberal rhetoric, careless research, probably a failure of communication, & partiality by being silent on the even worse failure of black evangelical voting.
As divisive as his blog sounds “Reformed African American Network” (as if there’s biblical grounds to divide the church according to race) I will link to his post anyway TRUMP’S ELECTION AND FEELING “SAFE” IN WHITE EVANGELICAL CHURCHES. See more of my response below.
Careless Research or Failure to Communicate
To say that many white evangelicals “viewed this man’s leadership as acceptable” is a gross misrepresentation.
“Among many troubling implications of a Donald Trump presidency, is the fact that, of those who voted, 81% of white evangelicals voted for Trump. However you parse the exact definition of “evangelical”, it is clear that a large number of white believers who voted viewed this man’s leadership as acceptable.”
On what basis can you guess the motive of millions of evangelical voters?
As I mentioned earlier the popular voting strategy on social media & even in my own congregation was picking the lesser evil. It was rare that I even heard of a Christian supporting Trump outside of this context and I can assure you that I’ve been exposed to a mass of evangelicals on this topic.
So this assertion “it is clear that a large number of white believers who voted viewed this man’s leadership as acceptable” is unsubstantiated.
Back on the political term “evangelical” lets make sure that we are all on the same page. First the obvious, we should never assume that people who proclaim to be Evangelicals are redeemed Christians, lets keep in mind that narrow is the gate yet many who cry “Lord, Lord” choose the wide path but I’m sure that most of us are on that same page.
According to the Hartford Institute of Religion Research, more than 40 percent of Americans “say” they go to church weekly. As it turns out, however, less than 20 percent are actually in church. In other words, more than 80 percent of Americans are finding more fulfilling things to do on weekends.
Furthermore, somewhere between 4,000 and 7,000 churches close their doors every year. Southern Baptist researcher, Thom Rainer, in a recent article entitled “13 Issues for Churches in 2013“ puts the estimate higher. He says between 8,000 and 10,000 churches will likely close this year. – Huffington Post Steve McSwain
Now lets consider this “43.2 percent of the eligible population did not (vote)” remember that polls only give information about people who did vote. Almost half of the registered country did note vote.
Mr. Tisby I think if you took advantage of your connections and relationships with white brothers & discussed politics it would have been nerve easing. Beyond that we should all try to dig a bit deeper into the stats.
Liberal Rhetoric Rehashed
Sad to read it, common liberal rhetoric was rehashed, I’ll just list these here:
White evangelicals voted for him in spite of Trump saying that Mexico is sending illegal immigrants across the U.S. border who are rapists – Tisby
It is a fact that many illegal aliens are rapists. More than 2,000 removed every year in past 3 years (2014).
“They cast the ballot for a man who draws the support of the KKK and their leaders”
“A week before the election, a church with a predominantly black membership in Mississippi was burned.”
“The arsonists spray painted the words “Vote Trump” on the building’s remains.”
Because the KKK supports Trump does not mean that Trump supports their ideology or them at all. I should not have to explain this.
The Black Elephant in the Room
I sure am concerned about those who voted for Trump to negate Clinton’s election. Choosing a lesser evil is never the option. If Joseph Stalin won the republican primary this year & Adolf Hitler was in Clinton’s position who would you vote for? Would you choose the lesser evil? & if not where is the line drawn? If not at the murder of babies then what would it take? Would you be inconsiderate of Evan or Castle since they lack a realistic chance of winning?
I am very concerned with those actually pleased with Trump’s campaign (for obvious reasons) and I’m also concerned about Tisby’s silence and hipocritical stance on the black vote.
To say "black voter" doesn't necessarily mean Christian. To say Christian voter often connotes "evangelical" and "white."
— Jemar Tisby (@JemarTisby) October 17, 2016
88% of black voters were for Clinton. As late as 2009, Pew reported that 78% of African Americans are Protestant (am I the only one seeing this? comparable numbers) Tisby & others who speak on such topics please address both sides. If you disregard my previous comments about the context of the vote, to be consistent you must address the loyal black elephant in the room that has completely lost its mind. Maybe we shouldn’t “feel safe worshiping” with black people either (sarcasm)? I’ll share just one comment from Hillary Clinton.
“deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.” – Hillary Clinton
I think we all should be more considerate of others by hearing what others have to say, we should pay close attention to future candidates, & us minorities should avoid racial gnosticism. I’ve heard other blacks tell whites that you can’t understand where they’re coming from because they are white. Listen minorities do not have a special understanding that whites lack. Do they know what it feels like to be a minority, absolutely not but can they understand even to a considerable depth? Absolutely