While liberals often describe the Christian Right as the "fringe" or "far right" of the Republican Party, the movement is the arty's best resource for expanding its base among non-whites.
Pundits often claim 1) the Republican Party has a demography problem. A Party of mostly old, white people will not have much of a future in a nation where the young are more racially diverse than the elderly; and 2) social conservatives, or the Christian Right, are the "far right wing" of conservatism, and must be jettisoned to expand its appeal. These claims do not make sense together.
In a very candid video appeal on Wednesday, popular Christian rapper Lecrae challenged his "white brothers and sisters" to explain why they never protest when he talks about issues like abortion or the Islamic State terror group, but usually express concern when he speaks out about racial injustice.
"I have historically posted things about abortion, Planned Parenthood, and my thoughts on that. I've sat down with leading thinkers and pastors. I've done videos, posted those videos. Talked about ISIS and the terror that is ISIS and how it has affected us all, it affected our Christian brothers and sisters throughout the world," said the rapper in the video posted to his Facebook page.
"In both of those instances I have received encouragement and people saying thank you for speaking about this. We appreciate this, specifically from my white brothers and sisters. But yet, when I've spoken out recently about what I see to be authoritative or racial injustice, there is this sentiment of what feels like hostility," he explained. more >>
Racked with grief but buoyed by her faith, Audrey Dubose, the Christian mother of 43-year-old Samuel Dubose who was shot dead in the head by University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing during a traffic stop on July 19, said she declared Psalm 93 the day she heard her son had died. On Wednesday, she made America listen to it as she thanked God for revealing the truth about his death.
From the very first day the stoic woman, who says she's been "a servant of the Lord for as long as I've been living on Earth," heard how her son had died, she knew something was amiss, the floods had lifted up, and she leaned on the Lord to make it right.
A police report had faulted her son for being complicit by his actions in his own death. That wasn't the man she knew her son to be and she explained how relieved she was to hear someone describe her son as he really was the day she heard he was killed. more >>
I didn't see the film Malcolm X in theaters. I waited to see it on video. Big mistake.
I watched it in my home, just off campus from University of Southern California, late at night when everyone else was sleeping. Another big mistake.
At the time I was living in a house with one other black person and a bunch of white and Asian friends. I was attending a mostly white school and a mostly white church and had attended a mostly white institute for urban transformation that was borne out of my church. Ironically, it was there that I was required to read The Autobiography of Malcolm X. But I never read the whole thing, only sections. more >>
"Black lives matter!"
We have heard this chant in cities across America as protestors have drawn attention to acts of alleged police brutality against black Americans, including the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in the back.
That chant needs to be amplified and expanded: "Black lives matter, beginning in the womb!" more >>
The Rev. Chris Hill, senior pastor of The Potter's House of Denver in Colorado, has shared that members of his congregation who were once critical of the presence of armed guards in the sanctuary now understand the necessity of such security measures in the wake of the Charleston church massacre.
The Charleston shooting was certainly not the first time a church had been targeted by a gunman. The Christian Post reported in 2012 that a former employee of Creflo Dollar's World Changers Church International in College Park, Georgia, had walked into an early morning Bible study and shot a member point blank while he prayed. In 2009, late-term abortion Dr. George Tiller was murdered while serving as an usher at Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita, Kansas. In fact, Carl Chinn, a former Focus on the Family safety manager and a church security expert, tracks "deadly force incidents" at faith-based organizations. According to Chinn's data, there have been 971 such incidents between Jan. 1, 1999 and Feb. 15 of this year.
"You are not safe on a plane. You are not safe in an elementary school. You are not safe in a high school. You are not safe in a movie theater. Guess what? You are not safe in a church," Hill told The New York Times in a "Protecting the Sanctuary" video feature on The Potter's House of Denver published this week. more >>