Many (but not all) White evangelical preachers don’t care about Black people, illegal immigrants, and those who are disenfranchised. I am not lumping all evangelical White preachers into the mix of racists, bigots, and misogynists.
But looking at the recent election of Donald J. Trump, one must conclude that those within the White evangelical preacher establishment who supported and promoted the ideology of one who ignited racism, bigotry, and misogyny don’t know the true meaning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ which they claim to preach.
Not our friends
Theologians who are serious about the message of Jesus Christ will conclude that love and mercy is available to all persons. Sadly, shamefully, and sinfully, what has transpired is that the love of God to all persons has been replaced with the love of the need to reclaim White power. Let’s not fool ourselves for a moment and think every White preacher is our friend.
When people say the church and state ought to be separate, the question that needs to be asked is what role does the church play? Is the role of the church to get people saved and that’s it? Sadly, too many only think so. Whenever the church is silent on issues, people like Donald Trump and his “me, myself, and I” ideology will prevail. In addition, the White evangelical preachers’ ideology is confirmed.
White is superior
What is this White evangelical preacher mentality? That White is right and superior and everyone else is inferior. Hidden messages are seen throughout their churches – White angels, White saints, and a White Jesus. Those who confront the White evangelical preacher mentality and bring about the need to embrace unity and the fact that Jesus was a person of color are told that “God loves everybody” and that color doesn’t matter. Guess what? Color matters to many of them.
How should Black people deal with the White evangelical preacher mentality?
Leave the predominantly White church that refuses to address injustice and disenfranchisement of those who are the least and left out.
Challenge these leaders on their theology. A leader who neglects to call out politicians on policies isn’t fit to be a leader of the people of God. When these White evangelical preachers have a mixed congregation, are they addressing issues that are important to people of color?
Stop supporting their ministries and redistribute money towards Black community development.
Many White evangelical preachers are living lavish lifestyles based on what Blacks them give financially. How many people within the Black community could benefit from those financial resources?
Call out these ministers via social media. Because social media is the main source of information for so many people, it’s imperative that we come together to expose crooked and corrupt behaviors.
According to the Washington Post, “Exit polls show White evangelical voters voted in high numbers for Donald Trump, 81-16 percent, according to exit poll results.”
Here’s a word of caution to Black people. Stop being so quick to integrate on Sunday mornings.
Integration doesn’t always mean things will work out smoothly. Stop trying to integrate with people who don’t care about you, your community, and your concerns.
Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, business trainer, writer, and success coach. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.