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An Open Letter to my Black Evangelical Friends

stephenmatlock Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 4:52 PM
America is great because she is good, but there is nothing great and nothing good about hating gay people. Nothing. God is not honored because we cheerfully hate gay people. If we believe in a God of redemption, then we have got to believe in the worth and dignity of _all_ people in America. I left the party because the Republicans just can't imagine a country that includes non-whites. This letter is a great start to the conversation we need to have about the way white Americans exclude non-white Americans, and how white Christians don't understand their black Christian family. We need to listen to those we think are opposing us. It might be that they share more than we know, and it might be that _we_ are wrong about what we think.

I am not writing this letter to accuse but rather to advance understanding. And even though I am white, I am not writing as an outsider but as a fellow evangelical, part of the same spiritual family. May I pose some candid questions?

Are you guilty, on any level, of blind allegiance to the Democratic party? And, on Election Day, did any of you compromise your convictions out of racial solidarity?

I have been very open in my criticism of white evangelicals, pointing out how we often put our trust in the Republican party and how we look to the latest...