Dear Powerful Christian Parents,
I normally don’t provide an opinion about voting but Christian Parents have been
reaching out to me and this election is too important to remain silent or
complacent. As I see it, you and I only have two choices for the highest office in
the land, but we also have the power to vote for purpose driven proclamations,
superior school board members, a courageous Congress and a strong Senate, who
won’t bow down to injustice and political antics. So although the top of the ticket
may not be the “perfect” choices remember the name Jesus Christ is not on the
ballot and regardless of what happens on Tuesday, November 3 rd , we are children
of the Most High King and nothing that happens in this or any other election will
prevent the Lord from reigning. He is still the King of Kings and the Lord of
Lords and we are still His children called to be peacemakers. So, to answer your
emails, there is not an exclusive Christian way to vote and don’t let anybody tell
you there is. Instead of people saying vote your faith which prayerfully is much
bigger than conservative issues, perhaps we should be saying vote your conscious,
vote for dignity, vote for the millions of people who were denied the right to vote.
In essence, vote for JUSTICE! Well you might be asking what is justice? Glad
you asked. Dr. Michael Eric Dyson says that “justice is what love sounds like
when it speaks in public.” What have you heard over the past 3 ½ years? God
gives power to leaders for the provision, protection and progress of the people.
Whenever leaders abuse that power, God shows his displeasure with their
stewardship. Until the motives of people are checked by God and He gives them a
new heart, we will continue to see the juvenile behavior that we have witnessed for
far too long.
There is a problem when leaders morally fail to lead anyone to a better place. Just
because you are holding a bible in your hand does not mean you are actually
studying it and just because you are standing in front of a church doesn’t mean you
actually sat in the pews. A tree is known by its fruit. The higher the leader goes,
the deeper his or her character must develop. Character represents the inner life
and heart of the leader not their outward appearance. God judged ancient leaders
because their efficiency did not have ethics. Injustice is becoming far too normal
in America in every area of our lives because the “system” was designed that way.
The very foundation of our society from the laws to the judges that preside over the
laws, to injustices in schools, housing, banking etc., have all been designed to keep
the knee of some on the necks of others.
The call for justice and righteousness did not begin yesterday. We can go back as
far as 1619 and now over 401 years later black and brown people are still fighting
for liberty and justice for all. We are still waiting for the words “all men are
created equal” to ring true. In Jemar Tisby’s book, The Color of Compromise he
speaks about the inhumane treatment of the freedom riders, the lynching’s and
beatings that Fannie Lou Hamer and so many more suffered in order to gain civil
rights. The names might have changed but the actions are still the same. Hatred is
still entangled within the hearts of people who want to “Make America Great
Again” by going back to chattel slavery. So yes, if we hear about another girl
named ”Karen” lying on a black man simply because she can, it seems normal.
When we hear about another white officer shooting another black person, we are
not shocked. When we see a President appoint 216 non-black federal judges to
courts and three to the Supreme Court we are not dumbfounded. When redlining is
rampant, when voting rights are suppressed, when banks deny loans to black
people or sentencing for the same crime is less for the white person than for a
black person that is when “normal” begins to be “outrageous.” I am not here to
blame but why is there so much DIVISION when we are supposed to be the
UNITED States of America?
So, my lovely Christian Parents, JUSTICE IS THE BALLOT!
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke about the Fierce Urgency of Now. That means
that we cannot sit back watching the so-called leadership of number forty-six
minus one (shout out to Dr. Frederick Douglass Haynes III for that line) to
continue reducing the office of the Presidency without using our voices and pens to
vote. That means that we cannot sit back and fail to empower our black, brown
white and yellow sisters and brothers about the cruel practices that have plagued
this country that must be dismantled. The ballot means that WE have to stand up,
speak up and show until there is equal justice, liberty and freedom for ALL.
Finally, I love you enough to tell you the truth. We all have the power to unite this
country and build bridges not walls. We have the power to give every human
being health care. We have the power to have a heart of compassion rather than
putting God’s children in cages. We have the power to make the crooked places
straight. I am so hopeful and inspired that we will not let our children down by
presenting me with a third option. It doesn’t exist. Why? Because you only have to
remember the thousands of dead bodies in the graveyard to remind you that not
voting is NOT AN OPTION.
Let it be said to our children that in the 2020 election we did our part, WE VOTED