Christians, It’s Time to Speak Up
I am humbled and thankful that my Post-election Message to Christians impacted so many people…
because I’m actually quite concerned about Steve Bannon.
If you don’t know him, Bannon was the executive chairman of Breitbart News, an ultra-conservative “alt-right” website known for its politically incorrect language and intolerance.
He left Breitbart in August to take over as the Chief Executive of Trump’s campaign, and he will now be joining the President-elect in the White House as Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor.
Here’s the issue
I’m concerned about Bannon because no matter what you believe about the President-elect’s language being racist or prejudiced, Steve Bannon’s record makes Donald Trump look rather tame.
Under Bannon, Breitbart News shifted to the extreme fringe of the conservative right, stripped themselves of all political correctness, and regularly published offensive and prejudicial material.
CNN released an article summarizing 10 of Breitbart’s most incendiary headlines. You can read short summaries at that link, but here are the headlines themselves:
- The solution to online ‘harassment’ is simple: Women should log off
- Bill Kristol: Republican spoiler, renegade Jew
- Trannies whine about hilarious Bruce Jenner billboard
- Birth control makes women unattractive and crazy
- Suck it up buttercups: Dangerous Faggot Tour returns to colleges in September
- Hoist it high and proud: The Confederate flag proclaims a glorious heritage
(posted in the aftermath of the mass shooting at the historical black church in Charleston in July 2015)
- Would you rather your child had feminism or cancer?
- Gay rights have made us dumber, it’s time to get back in the closet
- Science proves it: Fat-shaming works
- There’s no hiring bias against women in tech, they just suck at interviews
This seriously concerns me, not only this man’s flare for the dramatic, shocking, and offensive, but also that Bannon has been accused of being a white nationalist by a number of advocacy groups, an anti-semite, a homophobe, islamophobe, and a misogynist.
And now he is a top advisor and strategist for Mr. Trump
Now I am a white male Christian, the majority of which voted for Trump. I did not, and this decision seriously worries me. This man’s record scares me far more than anything Donald Trump has said or done.
No matter who you voted for, no matter what your personal reasons were, we must all agree that the violence and divisiveness of this past week have shown that racism and prejudice are real problems in the US today and it’s tearing our country apart.
Christians Speak Up
It doesn’t matter if you’re Republican or Democrat, evangelical or liberal. We all need to come together and start standing up against the racism, prejudice, and violence in our country!
We must have the boldness to preach against racism and initiate uncomfortable conversations in our churches.
We must be prepared to stand up to friends and family who might disagree with us or not understand that racism is a real issue today.
We must be proactive in standing up to the government and standing beside our brothers and sisters when racism happens.
And if the Trump administration even hints at racist language or policies, we must make it our ethical responsibility to respond against them.
If the BLM movement hasn’t gotten through to you, these past few weeks and months have certainly made it clear that racism is still a problem in this country, and it’s just getting worse. We have seen this rhetoric in our world before, and we need to start preaching against it. Especially white evangelicals, we need to stop turning a blind eye.
As said by one of my favorites, Dietrich Bonhoeffer,
“We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.”
Lord deliver us from evil and prejudice of all types, both in the world and in our hearts, and give us the courage to be a prophetic witness to the injustice in our country.
About the Author
Kevin Cook is a 4th year student at Asbury Theological Seminary and an Aspirant for Ordination in the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA). After graduating, Kevin hopes to plant a contemporary three-streams Anglican Church. He and his wife Nicole attend Wilmore Anglican Church in Kentucky.
Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Master of Business Administration from Florida State University. Kevin enjoys playing music and leading worship, reading fiction and spiritual classics, drinking coffee, and spending time with family and friends.
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