Allegiance to Color: Skin for Skin

by Dr. Clenard Childress, Jr., Senior Pastor at New Calvary Baptist Church in Montclaire, N.J.   Dr. Childress is the founder of and President of North East LEARN, one of the largest African-American pro-life groups in the United States.

Without question we are at the precipice, the cusp, of the most significant presidential election of our Republic’s history.  There has never been an election in American which will determine the relevancy and loyalty of the church as this 2012 vote.

The frontline face of morality in the reproductive rights arena is the Catholic Church.  Yet 54% of Catholics voted for Barack Obama in 2008.  Obama was able to hide  behind the cloak of “Change” and it could be said that unsuspecting Sheep may not have known they pulled the lever for the most pro-abortion president in our nation’s history.   If the Flock had any question about the president’s regard for the tenants of the church and its doctrine, and his calloused unconcern for the unborn, it was certainly removed as his signature legislation demanded the Church comply with the HHS mandate to provide contraceptives and offer abortion services.  Thus, what they did not know then, they certainly know now.

Evangelicals and Protestants joined together in the fracas as the president ended his presidential “evolution” with Gay marriage.  He even made it a part of the Democrat’s National Convention Platform.  Obama, by way of his “evolution,” decided  to alter the fundamental building block of society, change the definition of marriage and declare the Word of God in error.  “It is written from the beginning that God made them male and female, for this cause a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife and the two shall be one flesh.”

Obama said he was “evolving” on Gay Marriage but to many it was more like the president was “revolving,” which would explain this dizzying response to this crucial issue.   The true defining moment was a slap-in-the-face when not only Gay Marriage was made part of the Democratic party platform, but also when God’s name was removed, and when, in  order to mollify the anti-Jewish pro-Palestinian wing, Jerusalem was renounced as the Capitol of Israel.  What party has ever dared do such a thing, declaring both Natural and Revealed Law null and void, and Judeo-Christian morality and history irrelevant.?  After much criticism about the removal of God’s name, after forcing a vote through to add  God’s name to the platform, there was a chorus of boos and hisses by the now disenfranchised delegates.  Yes, Brethren, God was booed!  I would have never imagined ever seeing such blatant disrespect for God by one of the two major parties.  Rightfully so, the Black Church is disappointed, it’s disillusioned, and it’s depleted.

Disappointed that the “Hope and Change” promise was very much of the same political posturing done by many other candidates over the years who take the black vote for granted, without any intention of change.   True change with transparency never happens.  Change implies admission that what we are doing is not working and transparency would make us honest about the change we need to make.

How can we continue to abort our children at the rate of 1,786 a day, refuse to honor the institution of Marriage and then send our progeny to failing schools relegating them to a life of mediocrity and failure?  How can we generationally do this over and over and over again?  Yet the party preferred endorses and sustains this madness with our perpetual support.  Sadly we voted for skin!

We are disillusioned about the future and those who were duped now see much of their expectations were more about their desire for a president that looked like them than for content of his character.  By now we have found that a Black president was not the answer to our economic plight or the solution to our identity crisis.   Black allegiance has cost us our most valuable and essential gift – conscience.

We are depleted.  By ignoring Dr. Martin Luther King’s admonition about judging a man based on the color of his skin and not upon the content of his character, 95% of African Americans voted for Obama and many continue to support him due to the simple fact that he is black.  It’s skin for skin!

Skin for skin is an assessment that Lucifer made about man.  Satan can certainly make the same determination with many African Americans when it comes to cherishing their God given values and/or support for an errant Black president.

Job 2:4-5 “And Satan answered the Lord, and said, Skin for skin, yea all that a man hath will he give for his life.  But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flest, and he will curse Thee to Thy face.”

Satan beileved mankind would renounce their values and honor for God to preserve their own image and feed their carnal desire.  But Satan was wrong about Job and come this November, I really hope he is wrong about the Black church and that we heed what Dr. King so lucidly wrote on April 16th, 1963, in his letter from a Birmingham jail:

“Things are different now.  So often the contemporary chuch is a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound.  So often it is an arch defender of the status quo.  Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church’s silence – and often ever vocal – sanction  of things as they are.

But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before.  If today’s church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as a irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century.”

You can read Pastor Childress’s article “Skin for Skin” in full at the link above.




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