Black Clergy, Petitioning Government, and The Failure of Black Responsibility

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Prior to last week’s election, an ad hoc group of black clergy led by Jacqueline C. Rivers- executive director of the Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies in Boston, and recently elected Bishop, Frank M. Reid III, former longtime senior pastor of Bethel A.M.E. Church in Baltimore, MD., delivered a letter to Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters in Brooklyn.

Heavily anticipating a win against Donald Trump, the open letter questioned how Clinton’s administration might have addressed various problems within black communities- high rates of abortion, police brutality, and the lack of quality education and economic opportunities.

The 25 signatories, self-identified Democrats and “Independents,” reminded Clinton of the importance of the black vote, and insisted Clinton not ignore the “69,000 black churches in the US.” They also demanded that Clinton “accord the Black Church the same respect that would be conferred on wealthy white donors.”

Good luck with that because it’s never going to happen. Blacks have neither the financial nor political capital to demand they be considered equal to white donors (or any other demographic), let alone taken seriously when they do. As black voters, we haven’t earned that kind of respect.

The coalition of black faith leaders concluded the letter by requesting a meeting with her during her first 100 days in office to discuss these and other issues in more detail.

Unfortunately for these concerned black faith leaders, there will be no meeting with the Clinton administration because there will be no Clinton administration. Donald Trump was elected as the 45th president of the Untied States.

That there was no letter delivered to president-elect Donald Trump’s headquarters is symptomatic of the black dependence on Democrat policies to solve black crises.

As representatives of black Christianity, the signatories should be commended for having brought attention to several important issues complicating the quality of life for too many black Americans.

However, this letter was counterproductive. Why are black clerics still trying to persuade Democrats to take black concerns seriously? The constructive criticism isn’t of these black religious leaders, necessarily, but with the habit of outsourcing black responsibility and the preoccupation with the government to solve the calamities in black society.

Democrats have deliberately taken the black vote for granted since black folk decided en masse to compliantly give their votes to the Democrat party while asking for nothing respectable in return for their faithfulness.

Democrats see no obligation to earn black votes but still receive them; Republicans observe blacks being politically snubbed, its apparent acceptability, and simply don’t see a reason to bother. Though Donald Trump has expressed some interest and sympathy for the concerns of black society, there’s no guarantee that as president, Republicans will act on that interest, meaning the bipartisan habit of ignoring black voters will most likely continue.

Both political parties being indifferent to black problems is a reality but blacks alone are responsible.

Aside from rightly petitioning the government to pass legislation that addresses education- improved quality, school vouchers, and parental choice- and economic issues- reduced regulation, encouraging enterprise zones, and minimizing minimum wage costs to make blacks more employable, black religious leaders shouldn’t plead with politicians to resolve black moral pathologies that can and must be primarily challenged by local churches in their respective communities.

To be certain, the majority of the issues raised in this correspondence are moral problems.

The missive’s full-throated condemnation of the devastating effects of abortion on black communities is spot-on. The catastrophic impact of abortion in black communities and the rates in which black women have abortions is addressed, noting that, “Blacks account for roughly 38% of all abortions in the country though we represent only 13% of the population.” That’s racial self-extermination.

The letter also affirms that because people are “created in God’s image,” innocent human life deserves protection against the “deliberate destruction… in its most vulnerable state.”

Yet the cosigners questioned Clinton (and the inquiry has to be rhetorical considering the topic, whom they addressed) as to what her administration might have done to mitigate the high numbers of black abortions. Hillary Clinton was the recipient of an award named after racial eugenicist Margret Sanger and is an enthusiastic supporter of abortion up to the point of birth. Democrat party devotion to abortion is religious in nature, and it ain’t changing.

Black church leaders are much better suited to confront the abortion issue- not only because it’s a moral problem- but because of their proximity to the problem. The women having these abortions are members of their local churches and religious institutions. The problem and solution of reducing high abortion rates comes down to moral redemption and black responsibility, and that starts with local church leaders redeeming theologies of life that flatly denounce sexually-destructive behaviors (including abortion as birth control) and encouraging productive ones; not government intervention.

The same goes for the disproportionately high black crime rates that encourage police presence in black neighborhoods.

The delegates of black Christianity were correct in highlighting black criminality, a “calamity” as they called it, but they sought action and resolution from the wrong person, party, and medium.

Though effective policing and commensurate sentencing for criminality are needed, black churchgoers must deliberately and resolutely rebuke the depravity of black thugs pursing death and devastation or more blacks- particularly the innocent- will suffer the predictable consequences. Black churches must reject the tradition of silence regarding this issue. Black reticence condones the very community-destroying behaviors these black Christians were spotlighting.

If blacks want to reduce the occurrences of lethal police encounters, black churches must vociferously repudiate the cultural disorders and criminal stereotypes that draw the eye and ire of law enforcement. Black churches would do well in reviving and emphasizing a religious temperament that includes family stability, fatherhood, self-respect, personal responsibility, and the love of neighbor and self to minimize black criminality and tension-filled police responses. Black churches need to maximize the gospel and other resources that are instrumental in changing lives and overcoming the negative aspects of black culture.

Blacks must control the things that are within our power to control. We must stop preserving the posture of weakness and helplessness, depending on politics to save us.

The issues raised by these black church leaders are significant, and more blacks need to honestly confront what’s destroying black society, painful as it is. We must candidly identify the defeatism in black society and confess the fact that we’re sabotaging ourselves.

Black faith leaders have been called and entrusted to bear witness to the transformative nature of the Christian gospel on the lives it touches. Petitioning the altar of government for restoration implies that the gospel of Christ is pragmatically insufficient when compared to the gospel of big government.

Salvation is from God, not the government.

Illegal Immigrant Youths, Children of God; Preborn Babies, Not So Much

This past weekend, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi opined about the growing crisis of unaccompanied, illegal immigrant children overwhelming our border.

In a purely cynical appeal to religious sensibilities, Pelosi said the inundation of illegal immigrants into our country isn’t a crisis but an opportunity to help because these are all God’s children.  She went on to say “If you believe as we do that every child, every person has a spark of divinity in them, and is therefore worthy of respect — what we saw in those [holding] rooms was a dazzling, sparkling array of God’s children, worthy of respect.”

Considering the source, this is one of the biggest loads of you-know-what Pelosi has offered to date.

First, she’s lying; period.

Second, who’s the “we” that believes everyone has the divine spark, worthy of respect? Catholics or Democrats? If Pelosi is including herself in with- and implying- Catholics, it’s an offense to all sincere Catholics who still revere the church, who read and believe the wisdom contained in the Bible. Pelosi rabidly advocates for abortion; she says her views on abortion are in line with the Catholic Church; she advocates for homosexual marriage; she wrote a letter to San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone suggesting that he rescind his support and participation for a recent March for Marriage in Washington D.C. Pelosi holds so many views contradictory to what the Catholic Church teaches that Cardinal Raymond Burke, the chief justice at the Vatican, recommended that she be denied communion- and rightly so.

Pelosi is as Catholic as I am a Nigerian goat herder. Hint: I’m neither Nigerian nor do I herd goats.

Now, if her “we” is implying Democrats, we know- again- Pelosi is full of it and she insults the intelligence of her audience. This is bad comedy, actually, because Democrats revere abortion (even late term abortion) and continually seek to silence religious objections to abortion. But more to the point, why are illegal immigrant children, “God’s children,” who deserve respect, but preborn children are not afforded the same classification and recognition as God’s children nor the honor of deserving the respect that comes with… life?

Anti-abortion religious believers continually make the same exact argument in defense of preborn life that Pelosi cynically makes here yet they are ridiculed and slandered as religious fanatics and fundamentalists who are wrongly or fascistically trying to force their religion onto other people. Why the double standard?

This woman has outright chutzpah using religion in an attempt to manipulate the religious sensibilities of the public as a political tool for her- and the Democrat- agenda?  Pure evil, this woman Pelosi.

The devil is not welcome, here.

George Washington’ s Thanksgiving Proclamation

Issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 1789

 

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other trangressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

 

 

In today’s America, this proclamation- worded in the specific, humble and reverential manner in which it’s written, would be considered an unacceptable violation of the First Amendment because Washington mentioned God.

Nevermind the fact that Washington in the first paragraph of this proclamation, noted that both Houses of Congress requested him to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, observed by gratefully acknowledging the many favors of God- particularly for granting them the opportunity to peaceably establish a form of government for their safety and happiness. 

That bit of information, as real as it is, would still “offend” the “sensibilities” of many Americans who have forgotten not only the Providential manner in which the United States was created and- for now, sustained, but these same Americans have also made it their stated and or unstated mission to remove all vestiges of God from public spaces.  This unholy crusade has and will continue to have very specific moral consequences that will continue to negatively affect America’s culture- complicating, as Washington maintains, the promotion of the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue. 

True religion and moral virtue- absent a moral God whose character moral virtue is predicated upon- hasn’t, doesn’t and won’t work. Absent a moral God, virtue means whatever one wants it to mean.  In other words, moral relativism and confusion.

My prayer is that we continue to give thanks to God for the many blessings that he has bestowed upon America and through America, to the many countries around the world. 

Psalm 118:1 – Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.