I’m Black and not voting for Obama

In Things I Agree with in the Political Arena on October 29, 2008 at 3:46 pm

In J. Lee Grady’s latest iteration of his Fire In My Bones Column, he has written  an article entitled, “Breaking Up (With Obama) Is Hard To Do”. The article highlights the ironic reverse discrimination that is taking place in the African-American community over those who break rank and choose not to vote for Obama simply because he is black.

Apparently skin color trumps morality, values, and even political idealogies and those among the community who choose to vote against Obama because of this are systematically being labled traitors, defectors and Uncle Toms.

Grady’s article is only one of many writings that are exposing the divisiveness of this campaign. In it, he relates how he was sharing the pulpit with a very popular African-American recording artist who he refused to name:

I’m not going to reveal the identity of this woman—not because she doesn’t want me to tell, but because outing her as a McCain supporter could close doors for her in the black church. Sadly, African-Americans who aren’t supporting Obama today are viewed as traitors.
I’ll say it, even if every one else is afraid too: It’s a very sad day when people will side with ethnicity and political agenda at the expense of denying Biblical Values. It’s not secret that while Mr. Obama vehemently claims to be a Christian, his values and beliefs assault those of the Christ he claims to serve.
Here are a few of the noteable quoteables from the article:
It’s not easy to go against the flow when it seems that the entire black community is marching in lockstep with the well-financed Obama machine. Aside from all the endorsements from Hollywood celebrities and European crowds, black church leaders have formed a huge mass choir of support as well: 
  • Texas megachurch pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell and conference speaker Juanita Bynum have endorsed Obama.
  • Gospel artists Donnie McClurkin, Hezekiah Walker, Byran Cage and Mary Mary have performed at Obama rallies.
  • Television preacher T.D. Jakes gave Obama a glowing acclamation the day after he claimed his party’s nomination.
  • Obama received a thunderous ovation when he appeared at the convention of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in June.
  • When his wife, Michelle, spoke to 7,000 delegates at the National Baptist Convention in Cincinnati in September, her 15-minute speech was interrupted constantly by cheers, chants and applause.
  • Last year Obama formed an impressive coalition of pastors and leaders who have mobilized support for him at the polls. The prestigious group includes civil rights icon Joseph T. Lowery; Dr. Cynthia Hale of Atlanta; Bishop Larry Trotter of Chicago; Bishop Cody Marshall of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) in Illinois; and the presidents of the two largest black Baptist denominations.
  • COGIC, the nation’s largest Pentecostal denomination, has not officially endorsed Obama, but the leader of its Pastors and Elders Council, Derrick Hutchins of Florida, told Charisma he supports Obama because he “understands the infirmities of the nation’s neediest communities.”
To all of this I simply pose the question: “What about Jesus and all of the things that He said a Christian should value?”
Grady goes on to detail other examples of reverse discrimination a little closer to home:
One black friend who works in my office said family members blasted her when they learned she wasn’t voting for Obama. Another black colleague said she gets icy comments from women at her hair salon when she expresses honest disagreements about Obama’s values.
I have a friend in Baltimore, an African-American pastor, who says black friends have chided him after he admitted he isn’t in Obama’s camp. “They tell me, ‘Why are you voting that way?’ or ‘You’re letting us all down.’ It’s a touchy subject.” He also knows pastors who will tell people to vote for Obama from the pulpit, yet they have never once preached against abortion.
As divisive as the 2008 campaign has become, it’s even more divisive in the black church. Many African-American churchgoers view voting for Obama as the black thing to do. It’s a given. They see an Obama victory in November as the grand culmination of the Civil Rights movement and, perhaps, as the end of racial intolerance in this country.
And here is perhaps the best quote from the article; it sums it up quite nicely:
My friend believes there is a spiritual problem at the bottom of this. “It’s a spirit that has to be broken,” he says. “People have allowed an allegiance to race to become more important than the gospel. That’s why we have to fast and pray before this election.”
Grady goes on to quote Kimberly Daniels of Spoken Word Ministries. Kimberly has a powerful message to the community; one that I hope gets heard and listened to. Kimberly says this:
Says Daniels: “Believe me, I would love to see a black brother in the White House—but not someone like Obama, who has embraced humanistic doctrines. Many white preachers are afraid to say this, and many black preachers won’t touch it with a 10-foot pole.”
“Regardless of political opinions, the Bible makes it clear: Those who support the homosexual agenda and the murder of unborn babies will be judged.”
That statement is not popular, yet it is still the truth, nonetheless. She also made these statements:
Now that I am a born-again Christian, I do not consider my race to be my primary identity. I am a Christian first—before I am an African-American, a Democrat or a Republican. That’s why I am troubled that so many African-American Christians are voting for Barack Obama simply because he is black.
I also share her view, because it is the Biblical one. As a follower of Christ, I do my best to be a good citizen. However, my allegiance is to Christ and His Kingdom and I still consider myself an alien this world, as I’m on the way to my real home.
Black Christians today need to put their faith first when they step into the voting booth. Does Obama represent godly values?
The obvious answer here, is no, Obama does not represent godly values. This is why the rest of America flocks to him. The “Obama Doctrine” is garden variety humanism neatly packaged in heresy.
I also share Mr. Grady’s sentiments in this statement:
I am thankful for Kim and the many brave African-American Christians today who have risked their reputations by going against the flow of popular opinion. I pray that all of us, black and white, will speak for truth and stay on the narrow path even when the crowd has chosen the broad highway.
It was hard enough for African-Americans to navigate through the racist history of America, now many brave souls have to whether the racial storm that is brewing within their own ranks.

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