Excerpt from the Conclusion of "Founding Fathers"
“With a tweeted attack on four minority congresswomen this week, President Trump made clear that his reelection campaign will feature the same explosive mix of white grievance and anti-immigrant nativism that helped elect him.
Trump’s combustible formula of white identity politics already has reshaped the Republican Party, sidelining, silencing or converting nearly anyone who dares to challenge the racial insensitivity of his utterances…
At the core of the strategy is Trump’s consistent drumbeat of equating the white European immigrant experience with the American ideal, setting those on his side of the divide against the politically correct elites, outsiders, immigrants or nonwhites who he implies are unfairly threatening what is good about the country.” (Scherer, 2019)
This book has been about how the Founding Fathers, likely the most visionary leaders America has ever had, tarnished their great legacy by failing to extend the great concepts of liberty and justice for all and the pursuit of happiness to America’s non-white inhabitants. The pungent residue of that failure is still palpable in American society and politics today.
This is exactly where President Trump fits in. He is the embodiment, the personification of the residue of racism and white supremacy that was not snuffed out by the Founding Fathers or sadly, even the Church.
When I started writing this book, I wrangled over candidate Trump’s appeal. It later became obvious. His appeal to many in white America has been the premise that the key to Making America Great Again is by making her white again. I believe that secretly there resides in many hearts the notions that America’s problems lay in the fact that America had become to brown. Specifically, that America had let too many brown people cross its border and had let a brown/black President into the oval office.
“Every Trump voter is certainly not a white supremacist, just as every white person in the Jim Crow South was not a white supremacist. But every Trump voter felt it was acceptable to hand the fate of the country over to one.” (Coates, We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, n.d.)
This book is also been about how the Church throughout its history, suppressed the truth of Scripture that God has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, (Acts 17:26), that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. (Acts 10:34-35).
The great leaders of the early Church denounced Darwin but embraced the Darwinian concept that the white race had evolved to a higher place than that of the brown.
Jemar Tisby calls a Christianity that allows racism and discord to coexist with it a “compromised Christianity.” (Williams, 2019) This compromise was evident in the Church’s failure to take a stand in the forefront against slavery and as a proponent of civil rights.
This compromise exists today as the Church fails to condemn racism and division and instead sits silently by and cosigns, endorses the notion that Making America Great Again means immigration reform and wiping away all the programs of the “black president” versus endorsing the truth that America’s greatness relies on its identity as one nation under God.
Finally, this compromise exists because the Church has misplaced its loyalties, exalting its loyalty to a particular political party over its loyalty to Biblical principles such as decency, unity, character, honesty, and morality. The Church has compromised its ability to serve as the nation’s conscience because of its own hypocritical and unflinching support of a leader who appoints lawmakers to make “Christian” laws that exceed his own moral capacity, strength of character and values.
Instead of finding the next “honest Abe,” the Church in its compromise would merely cosign absurdities, “like President Trump was a better president than Lincoln.” Instead of letting justice flow to the president, commensurate with his offenses, the Church sits in the front row of the partisan bus, wasting time that could have been spent preparing Vice President Pence or some other leader worthy of taking the mantle of national leadership.
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