Chocolate-covered Pretzels

It can be argued that one of the most important and treasured cultural aspects in the Black community is our faith. We are overwhelmingly ¬†Christian. The church has played a key role in our cultural and spiritual development almost from the time our ancestors were first dragged here in chains. At times, God and His church were all Black Americans had to cling to in the darkest oppressions. Even as we have moved from segregation to freedom we have always held fast to the tenants of God’s Word, and as a result we are largely socially conservative as a group. However, when it comes to our votes we don’t seem to carry that same adherence to our faith to the polls. The official platform of the Democrat party embraces gay marriage, while the Black community sees this as antithetical to God’s Word. Despite being only 12% of the population and representing over 35% of abortions, the majority of Black Americans still believe life is God-given; and yet the Democrat platform endorses abortion. Record unemployment in Black communities and America in general, 47 million Americans receiving food stamps, skyrocketing energy prices and a debt that threatens to topple the country seem to have very little effect on Black Christians – by all indications they are still solidly in Obama’s camp. Some say it is because they are uncomfortable with Romney’s Mormon faith, some genuinely believe that he (and his party) is racist and would roll back civil rights. Some say that things really will get better if we just hang on a little longer and don’t change horses mid-race. My father-in-law, Victor Davis (a conservative Black pastor who served his community of Gary, IN for over 40 years) told me this: “I had coined the phrase “Chocolate Covered Pretzels”¬† to describe many of the “African-American church folk” after Obama made his endorsement of Homosexual Marriage. That represented to me the theological twisting and bending that they would go through to find a way to support their “black president-brother-man” and sadly that is what I hear and see more and more of.
Some are not able to differentiate between what a man “says he believes” and what a man legislates or enforces in the way of policies and laws. Even the unbeliever (Cyrus Ezra 6:4) can lead a nation in righteous decrees and provide an atmosphere in which the Gospel has freedom to be proclaimed and practiced (1 Tim 2:1-4) without restraint. However to contrast that, is when the “so-called believer” legislates Antichrist/laws, along with upholding the killing of God conceived babies and then work to restrict the “faith practices” of clear scriptural teaching, then that ” believer” is in direct conflict with the Kingdom purpose of God (that His will would be done on earth as it is in Heaven)”

I want to ask this question specifically to my Black Christian brothers and sisters: Do your political loyalties represent your faith? When you go vote on Tuesday, will you be voting as a “Chocolate-covered pretzel” or a participant in the Kingdom of God?

I know what’ I’ll be doing.

3 Comments

  1. J Solomon says:

    I’m guessing that the person that wrote this has never in her life done “anything” that would be construed as a sin. Not you or anyone else has the right to question a person’s faith because of who they choose to vote for. A candidate’s choice on the subject of abortion or gay marriages does not mean he is not qualified to sit behind the desk in the Oval Office, and make the decisions that will move America forward. All of the so Christians should know by now, it’s not their place to judge.

  2. Gabby says:

    I think you missed the point Mr Solomon. This isn’t about judgment or qualifications. It’s about representations. We vote to support.the side that represents our values what we want, what we believe and what is constitutionally sound.
    The notion that you can separate a christian life and the decisions that go with, from any other aspect of your life is flawed.
    The question is a simple one and not one that you should jump to take personal or allow to make you defensive. Do you vote to honor God or man? Support God or man? Give glory to God or man? Is your vote rooted in Godly principles and sound biblical doctrine? Or the doctrines and desires of the will of men?
    You’re not just voting for a leader. You’re voting to support a way of life that either represents or opposes Gods values. If you say that you’re a Christian and hold to Christian values, yet act contrary to these things, you are either a fool, a hypocrite or a Judas. You can not stand with God and against God. You can’t live God with your words but betray Him with your politics. It just doesn’t work. Not logically, rationally, semantically or conditionally.

    Can you love swimming but try to ban it? Can you demand a solid work ethic from your children at home but condone disrespect when they are at school? You can not reconcile conflicting beliefs. You cannot live two lives.
    When you say one thing, but do another, you’re a liar. Confused. Or maybe you don’t really believe in anything at all. Beliefs without convictions are as effective as a wine glass that overflows with water. There is no room for wine. If you try to add it anyway you contaminate both. It’s now diluted and of no value. The one you serve the glass to will get no pleasure and you will get no appreciation. Sure you can say that you put good wine in their glass.but you’re not fooling anyone but yourself.
    It is not what we say that reflects our beliefs or devotions. It’s what we do.

  3. Bryan says:

    I think you overstate the issue of race in this election, given the demographic history of voting in national elections. Whites (and conservative blacks) assume that black folk (and believers) vote(d) for President Obama because he is black. A simplistic assumption at best, and a disrespectful assumption at worst. People hardly talk about or accuse white folk of voting for the white guy because he is white and has a blond wife. So let’s avoid the double standard.

    A more relevant question may be whether one is content to be “a single/double issue” voter or if one who will/will not, succumb to being brow-beaten into thinking narrowly, rather than broadly.

    My take is a little long, so here’s a link to my blog post on the topic of Voting for “Biblical Values.”

    I believe in making up my own mind.

    http://www.bryanhudson.com/2012/10/voting-for-biblical-values.html

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