The Pastor’s Pen: July 21, 2019

I begin this week’s Pen by extending hearty congratulations to Brother Jeffrey Chapman of Sacrifice-Unity Circle for completing his autobiography. Shiloh has been praying for and supporting Jeffrey for several years. Many of us are aware that Jeffrey was rendered quadriplegic following a tragic shooting.  He has since crafted greeting cards and scripture-sharing ministry with members of our congregation. Jeffrey’s accomplishment will be celebrated at an author’s party; see below for details.

What we have all known most of our lives has become a national conversation — that a number of white Americans are racists, pure and simple. Sadly, we witnessed an example of racism played out, once again, by none other than the president.  Trump posted a series of racist tweets attacking four Democratic women of color in the House of Representatives, suggesting that they “go back” to “the crime-infested places from which they came”, in an effort to silence the women. That kind of rhetoric, especially from a sitting president, is unacceptable on so many levels until it is almost impossible to describe. As has been reported, all of these women are either native-born or naturalized citizens of the United States. The president has mastered equating loyalty to him and loyalty to the nation. At a rally Wednesday night in North Carolina, Trump led his base in cheers of, “Send her back,” referring to Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. The crowd enthusiastically joined in on the mantra in much the same way they joined lustily in the invective against Hillary Clinton of, “Lock her up.” The irony is that it’s many of the president’s insiders who have been, or soon will be, locked up.

The ignorance and lack of unthinking and uninformed racism surrounding this discussion was exemplified by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who fumbled when asked by a reporter if this “send her back chant” would apply to his immigrant wife, if the president disagreed with her as well. McConnell had no answer, and the lame answer that he provided, that his “wife came to this country [and] was naturalized as a citizen,” would also apply to Congresswoman Omar. We are in a disgusting and frightful time in the history of our country. As we have written about previously, this nation is more divided than it has been at any time since the Civil War. Thanks to the president’s racist leadership, all the women of color in the House of Representatives will now be targets for weak-minded, deranged and crazed racists who might take the president’s remarks as the go-ahead for removing the women, “by any means necessary.”

Only God can bring healing to these hate-filled angry times in which we, especially people of color, live and experience far too often. God made it plainly clear in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

“Author’s Party” for Jeffrey Chapman

Saturday, July 27, 2019

12 Noon to 3 P.M.

7740 Marlborough Pike

Forestville, MD  20747

For more information, see Deacon Roland Hill