- Posted November 18, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Being black in 2012
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Will the Black Church survive the Same-Sex Marriage Amendment?
Being Black means that you were raised in the church and you believe in the word of God. The word of God was misinterpreted in 2012.
The 2012 election cycle brought many challenges to African-Americans including their beliefs in God and his word. The GLBT community and it’s organizations set out on a mission to recruit members of the Black community to actively show that money over faith is the key to pushing an agenda forward.
Many Black people grew up in the church – being religious or not, we were taught the act of homosexuality is wrong and would cost us a seat at the side of God almighty. Some facts in the Black church still remain; the institution of marriage remains between and man and women – male and female. Pastor Wm. Dwight McKissic, Sr. of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas said, “Marriage has everything to do with The Kingdom of God. Jesus compared the Kingdom of heaven to a king who arranged a marriage for his son (Matthew 22:2). When a husband and wife come together and produce a child, the three reflect the trinity of the Trinitarian God who made them. God established marriage to populate His Kingdom and spread His name to the generations (Psalm 145:4) that would be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth (Genesis 1:27-28).”
The Word of God should not take a backseat to contemporary culture. Many Black Americans, including those actively involved in the church took WAM (walking around money) from GLBT organizations who were dead set on sending a message they too were part of the struggle for civil rights and fair playing field and that it was necessary to make sure the Vote No on the marriage amendment won in 2012. This had nothing to do with assisting African Americans in their generational struggles for civil rights, nor did it scratch the base of those Black Americans in the Black Church who struggle to keep the lights on. The disingenuous engagement of local and national GLBT organizations within the Black church and communities showed that yes, the Black Church, its congregations and pastors could be bought if the price was right.
Sharon, an African American theology major at St. Catherine’s University in Minnesota said, “My struggles with same-sex marriage amendments are internal and external. In my heart, with my belief in God tells me homosexuality is wrong; gay marriage is wrong. Outside is another struggle. My friends and co-workers actively supported the Vote No movement. Conversations on the complexities of God and what the bible said were dismissed in my circles as if I was insensitive to another human being because of my religious upbringing. One of my friends was upset because I didn’t want to put a Vote No sticker on my car. Why was this so political?”
The Black Church must now look back and ask, “Was the Vote No on the same-sex marriage amendment part of our (Blacks) civil rights movement?” Again, pastor McKissic’s position might be the strongest - he says, “When homosexuals have spent over 200 years in slavery, when homosexuals have been legally defined as three-fifths human, when homosexuals have been denied the right to vote and own property because they are homosexuals, then we can begin a discussion of parallels [between the civil rights and gay rights movements].”
The Black churches that supported the same-sex amendment did it as part of a benevolent and virtuous positioning piece that denoted that America needs a united playing field. The Black Church bypassed what the Word of God said and their basic fundamental beliefs, of course topped with some WAM.
I guess my concern now is since the Black Church as been corrupted, de-railed and bought – when will the Black Church and Black America have the opportunity to address generational disparities, reparations and the fact we (Blacks) sit on a powder keg of disparities equal only to America’s First People who also suffer at the hands of gay and white privilege?
Is there a Black messiah that will hear our cry in the wilderness? It’s certainly hasn’t been the Black president.
Don Allen is the editor in chief of the Independent Business News Network based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He invites reader comments to www.donny-allen.us.