I don’t want to be political.
I don’t want to argue.
I don’t want to be controversial.
But I have a duty — to stand up for people that are the targets of discrimination, hate, and violence.
I believe everyone has this duty. Whether they are Republican or Democrat, religious or atheist, dark or light or medium skinned, white collar or blue collar.
Democrats or liberals should not have a monopoly on standing up for what is right.
We need to, all of us, speak and scream and write and post and do everything in our power to stop the vision of those who hate people simply because of the color of their skin color, their race, their religion.
I have done my best to use my voice.
During the election, I even lost friends because of saying stuff like this.
For me, standing up for what is right is more important than anything else.
Fellow Christians need to get over the old tale that Jesus was always nice.
He hurt people’s feelings.
He burned bridges.
He wasn’t afraid that people might view him as “mean,” or “angry.”
He didn’t always keep his mouth shut when he got pissed off at religious hypocrisy.
Jesus even got creative in name-calling. Like when he called the haters of his day, the Pharisees, a “Brood of vipers.”
When Jesus saw injustice, he didn’t just pray either. Lots of Christian pastors think the answer is to merely pray for our nation.
Jesus had the guts to denounce evil, especially when done by God talking religious leaders.
Because sometimes love requires fury.
P.S. I have very serious concerns of pastors who will not use the words racism, bigotry, discrimination or prejudice in their sermons. If you’re part of a church where that’s the case, I really encourage you to speak with your pastor. If they are going to use a political word like abortion, there’s no reason they shouldn’t use the word racism.