I’ve lost all patience with these apathetic, unwilling to stand for justice, claiming to crusade for Christ but always falling back when it’s time to get involved, let’s just pray for the president and hope for the best, Passive Christians.
I’m talking about them Tina Campbell Christians.
The Twisting the Scriptures to Cosign Your Own Fears Christians.
The Let’s Just Unify Christians.
You all may be well meaning, but you’re wrong on so many levels that I can no longer sit back and parse my words for the sake of kindness and dialogue. This message must be swallowed straight, no chaser in hopes of sparking conviction and change.
For the Tina Campbell Christians. . .
For those who are unaware, Tina Campbell, the other half of gospel duo Mary Mary, crafted a lengthy Facebook message stating her feelings on why she supports the new president. Read below for reference:
You want to pray for our president, right? Cool. Do that. We all should, actually. Not just because the Bible commands us to do so (as Mrs. Campbell accurately stated), but if Trump is flying this plane, praying for his demise would be hoping for our own doom, too. So yes, pray for Trump but that’s about as far as I’m willing to agree with this Mary.
My core problem with this new breed of passive, just-pray-for-the-president Christians is that it alleviates any requirement to actually do something about the horrific crazy that is running amuck in this world. So please, miss me with that “pray, hope and wait” malarkey. Martin Luther King Jr. prayed and acted. He prayed and marched. He prayed and forced the hand of change. These go to church and pray-only folks are quick to choose the passive route. But they are dangerous because they do nothing but look condescendingly upon those who cause a ruckus in hopes of facilitating some positive change. Marching may not solve everything, but my God, make an effort to try. . . something. Anything. Unless you’re called to simply be a prayer warrior, passively watching the world go to hell in a hand basket is not the answer.
I just want the world to have peace!
Ok. I think we all want that. But just keep in mind that the desire to live in peace and not stand up for what’s right, out of fear of disturbing the status quo, played a major role in the genocide of millions of Jews in the Holocaust. That’s why we have the Holocaust Memorial Day so we don’t forget that and stand idly by. . .again.
For the Twisting the Scriptures to Cosign Your Own Fears Christians. . .
These Christians are the ones that operate in nothing but fear. Fear of terrorism, fear of an un-Christian nation, fear of change. These fears govern their reasoning for everything. The most recent display of fear trumping all is the executive order that enacted the Muslim ban and restriction of Syrian refugees.
But I support the Muslim ban because we must protect ourselves. God would want us to protect ourselves from evil, right?
Oh yea, I’ve seen your tweets and seemingly innocent words lurking in the comment sections on Facebook. Your reasons seem reasonable except they aren’t rooted in the Word whatsoever. If you’re a Christian, one of your first and primary responsibilities is to love. . . LOVE. Specifically, you’re supposed to love your neighbor, and sorry there’s nowhere in the Bible that specifies that you only love your likable, church-going Christian neighbors.
I noticed, however, that the love narrative doesn’t really drive the point home for most, so let’s refer to the Bible on the matter:
Exodus 22:21 – “You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”
Leviticus 19:34 – “The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.”
Deut. 10:19 – “And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.”
There are actually several instances in the Bible where foreign visitors are not only welcomed but are embraced, even with the threat of potential harm looming. So may this serve as a reminder:
You are to love – even if you don’t like who you’re dealing with.
You are to love – even when the people aren’t saved.
You are to love – even when there is a potential risk in doing so.
Nowhere does the Bible provide stipulations that state otherwise. And to be clear, deporting people back to their homelands simply because they are of a religion you don’t care for or because you fear terrorism, is not showing love. It’s demonstrating a rampant spirit of fear, and last I checked God didn’t give that spirit to us (2 Timothy 1:7).
So how about we ditch the fear and embrace some love? Think of it this way: We love and fight for unborn babies, right? How about we apply some of that love and vigilance for the full-grown humans that are already living, feeling and suffering?
Just a thought.
For the Let’s Just Unify Christians.
Stop it. Stop it. Stop it.
Let me try to explain this is in a way that may hit home for you: Imagine if a mean man threatened to harm your child. You and a friend witnessed this threat. You’re understandably livid and are ready to lay hands on this mean man, but your friend tells you, “you got to let it go. Everyone isn’t going to like your child. Just be nice to the mean man, so we can all be united.”
That would be pretty offensive, wouldn’t it? Here’s a friend, without a dog in the fight, telling you to get over your hurt and anger so they can have the luxury of living in a state of faux unity. Who would want a sucky, self-absorbed friend like that? I wouldn’t, would you?
So why, dare I ask, are you choosing to be that awful friend? When your friends of color are stressed about the state of the nation and their place in it, or when your neighbor has to figure out how they’re going to pay their medical bills without insurance; none of these people want to have you project your self-indulgent demand of unity onto them.
You, dear Christian, aren’t being Christ-like. Christ would serve those in need, not minimize their pain. Christ would flip over some tables if things weren’t on the up and up. Christ did not ask others to ignore ginormous elephants in the room to keep the peace. That wasn’t how my Savior rolled.
So knock it off already.
If you fall into these categories of Christiandom, I’m sure I offended you. I’d apologize but I can’t. There’s too much at stake now. Each of these groups of believers has one thing in common: Passivity. Each category focuses on turning their heads in the name of God and having faith.
But faith without works is dead (James 2:14-26). Remember that.