Obama, Jackson, & Sharpton weigh in
(Sentinel, May 17, 2012)
The title "Gay Christians"
would be an oxymoron to inspired Bible writers. They would refuse to subject themselves to what is currently politically
Likewise, Christians today unapologetically embrace
what is scripturally correct.
It should be acknowledged, though, that
while God created humans both male and female--instructing them to procreate and populate the planet--after they sinned,
he gave their offspring the option to choose a sex partner of either gender.
He decreed, however, that lawful sex should be within the secure bounds of a marriage between a male and
female. (Genesis 1:26-28; Matthew 19:4-6) Same-sex unions are strictly forbidden.--Romans 1:27; 1 Corinthians
But how do professed Christians (and citizens of a
"Christian" nation) Barack Obama, Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton factor into the discussion
of gay marriage and Christianity?
Dropping the Obama
Bomb: Last week, President Obama came out in full support of the controversial gay marriage initiative.
The collective Black community from Los Angeles to New York was aghast, yes,
blown away by this Obama Bomb.
Team Obama apparently concluded
that having the powerful gay lobby backing him is worth the risk of alienating the Black and Hispanic communities, both of
which have been traditionally and consistent against gay unions.
Angeles Times reports: "This week alone, African American voters were instrumental to passing
North Carolina's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage."
Jesse?: Baptist minister Jesse Jackson (a fellow columnist here at the Sentinel; also,
formerly our respective talk shows aired back-to-back on Clear Channel Radio) praised President Obama's
decision to support same-sex marriage.
Jackson went so far as to compare the
gay marriage campaign to the anti-slavery struggle; as well as to the fight to repeal miscegenation
laws in certain Southern states.
Such laws were designed
to prevent Blacks from marrying Whites.
Regarding the president's support for
same-sex marriage, Jackson said in a Los Angeles Times interview: "This is a bold
step in the right direction for equal protection under the law for all citizens."
"Protection against what?" asked one Christian man. "There
are no federal laws crafted to attack gays."
Though Jackson may consider
his musings profound, one blogger wrote: "The village idiot hath spoken." Is Jackson trying to make up for his
disparaging remark about then-Senator Barack Obama?
my column for July 17, 2008, I wrote: "Last week ... Jesse Jackson intimated that, although having
little or no experience as a surgeon, it was his firm desire to perform a gonadectomy on Senator Barack
"In plain English, regarding the Presidential
candidate, Jackson told a fellow interviewee on Fox News the following: ‘I want to cut his nuts off.'
"Jackson's ambitious medical aspirations aside, I personally think the
low tonal nature of Senator Obama's voice is just fine the way it is."
Sharpton?: The Times quotes Sharpton (also an occasional Sentinel columnist)
as saying: "I salute President Obama's statement today supporting same-sex marriage ...
"This is not about mine or anyone's personal or religious views. It is about equal rights for
all. We cannot be selective with civil rights.
must support civil rights for everybody or we don't support them for anyone." Does one have the
civil right to scream "fire!" in a crowded theater?
White, & Gray: According to U.S. News & World Report, one Obama "ad depicted
Romney favoring personal profits over worker well-being by highlighting [Romney's former company's]
role in a failed steel company whose workers were laid off and had their pensions and health plans reduced while [Romney's
Team Obama hopes to successfully characterize Romney
"as a wealthy businessman out-of-touch with common pocketbook concerns."
Black "Christian" Obama and White Mormon Mitt are leaving African
American "Christian" voters in the gray.
They like Barack because
he's Black, but don't like his stand on same-sex marriage. They like Romney's stance against gay marriage, but don't like
that the Book of Mormon says that non-Whites have to turn White to get to heaven.
Conclusion: For some voters there is a clear line of demarcation between protecting
an individual's human rights, and assigning gay couples the option to marry.
"We're talking apples and oranges," says Clyde, a Black man from Inglewood.
"And comparing slavery to gay marriage? That's the ultimate insult to every descendant of slaves!"
While God's "will is that all sorts of men should
be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth" (1 Timothy 2:4, New World Translation),
same-sex unions are not his will, despite the advent of the mis- and maltranslated "gay-friendly