Via Russ Hepler:
In today’s “politically-correct” America, it is considered ill-mannered for anyone but an African-American liberal to quote the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sadly, this is absolutely diametrically opposed to everything the Rev. Dr. King stood for. His dream, his vision for America was a society where everyone is equal – “judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
But, in liberal bastions of the national media, academia, and left-wing Protestantism, anyone who isn’t approved by the gatekeepers of the “tolerance and diversity” police, is illegitimate and not to be heard.
This has once again been painfully displayed by a very amateurish piece proudly displayed on MLK Day in The Washington Post.
Written by the founder of the uber-liberal “Christian” group – Sojourners – Jim Wallis, it is just another tired old attempt to guilt-manipulate Christians into accepting left-wing political dogma as patently “Christian” and the only correct moral choice.
Wallis lays out his case to scold all of us “evil” religious-right folks for failing to see that Barack Obama is really the second incarnation of Dr. King:
Tamir Rice. Sandra Bland. Laquan McDonald. Freddie Gray. These young black Americans, and many other men and women whose names never made national headlines, were recent victims of state violence. But they were also victims of deeper structural racial sins that go back to the founding of our country. Despite all the chatter, and hope, a few years ago about the prospect of a “post-racial” America, our awareness and response to these sins still painfully falls along racial lines.
We’ve failed to realize the “beloved community” envisioned by Martin Luther King Jr. and defined by Paul in his letter to the Galatians (3:28): “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” Too many Americans — particularly Christian Americans of my own generation — continue to worship at the altar of whiteness, defining themselves by their status as members of a temporary and illusory racial majority.
It has to end. And to begin building that beloved community, white Christians must start acting more Christian than white.
The Public Religion Research Institute American Values Survey released in November produced a devastating finding: 72 percent of white evangelical Protestants, 71 percent of white Catholics and 73 percent of white mainline Protestants — together, effectively, white Christians — said they “believe that killings of African American men by police are isolated incidents.” A smaller majority, 65 percent, of white Americans surveyed, regardless of religious affiliation, had the same reaction.
Which stands in sharp contrast to the 82 percent of black Protestants and 80 percent of black Americans, generally, who believe these incidents are “part of a broader pattern of how police treat minorities.”
These numbers reveal that race is more determinative than denomination or theology when it comes to people’s perspectives. White…