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Yesterday, a man who I consider a friend told me that “there is no doubt President Obama will go down as the greatest president in America history’.
This friend just so happens to be a Black American.
I have to say that I see nothing “great” about a President who has:
President Obama has indeed declared war on the church, Israel, on unborn life and on the future of our nation.
The problem with my friend is that he– like too many of my fellow Black Americans- have sworn their loyalty to the “drop of Black blood” in the President and have disavowed their loyalty to our own rich history of high expectations and Christian values.
President Obama has tried to encouraged us, as Black Americans, to turn our backs on all we were taught by Rev. Absolom Jones, Rev. Richard Allen, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, and Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. about self dignity, strong families and faith towards God.
Yet, he still enjoyed unmerited and overwhelming support from the very people he has actually taken advantage of and whose loyalty he has not earned- the masses of my fellow Black Americans.
It reminds me, sadly, of the Benjamites in the Book of Judges, chapters 19 -21.
Some of the men in the tribe of Benjamin brutally raped and killed a woman, after first having tried to rape her husband. When God’s people, from the others tribes of Israel, came to seek justice, the majority of the Benjamites swore allegiance to the rapists and killers rather than to God, caring nothing about the innocent woman who been raped and murdered.
They quickly abandoned even their own heritage as the sons and daughters of God.
They turned against God in effect, in the name of being ‘kinfolk”. Since the rapists looked like them and were “of them”– in their eyes- they were willing to stand by them, even at the expense of losing their salvation.
As a result, there was a death culture that came over the tribe of Benjamin. Literally and figuratively. The Lord saw to it that most of the Benjamite men, who endorsed what He called an abomination (i.e., homosexual conduct, rape, murder), were given the death penalty and the women in the tribe of Israel also suffered greatly.
I see the tragic similarity here.
How sad that any Black American- in the name of “a drop of Black blood” would defend a man- President Obama- who has made himself an enemy of the cross, declaring that what God said is “evil” is now “good”.
Surely we all know better.
When I pointed this out to my friend, who happens to sing in a church choir and is a devout Christian, he replied, “Everyone has an opinion”- as though it is a casual thing that the highest office in the land is now completely under the rule of the god of this world and America is slowly being handed over to a people that do not know the name of the Lord.
This Benjamite spirit is a spirit of rebellion. It is mocking spirit which hates God’s truth and leads only to death for any community that enables it.
God made repentance and restoration available to the Benjamites, in spite of themselves and gave them a chance to turn away from abomination and towards God in faith.
Most Benjamites declined God’s invitation. The punishment was devastating.
I pray that most of my fellow Black brothers and sisters will not make the same mistake going forward.
Let us turn away from this Benjamite spirit and from anyone who asks us to turn our backs on God and what we absolutely know God’s Word says.
Of course, there is always a possibility that this kind of editorial will provoke some of my fellow Black Americans to call me “Uncle Tom” and “Sell Out”, since so many believe that support for anything the President does is a litmus test for Blackness.
All I can say is that I will serve the living God all the days of my life, even at the cost of such vile and false accusations.
God help us.
(Stacy Swimp is the former president of the Frederick Douglas Society. His columns have been published nation-wide, and he remains active in political cultural issues in his home state of Michigan, where he is working to coalesce churches statewide in defense of marriage and religious liberty.)