I’ve got some explaining to do.
That’s what Phil Vischer says.
Of course he’s right.
I’m a white Christian.
That demands explanation.
PLUS – Donald Trump won the presidential election.
Obviously, I need to account for that too.
So, Phil, I’ll draw upon the insights afforded by my skin color and explain myself.
“Last night America voted to transition from our first African-American President to our first President in recent memory to receive the full-throated endorsement of the Ku Klux Klan.”
Remember when Barack Obama was endorsed by Reverend Wright?
Man, that was kinda awkward.
But Obama was able to distance himself from Wright because…
…this is important…
…most grown-ups understand that you can’t choose your fans.
How would you respond to this statement, Phil:
“Last night, Jody Foster was voted to be the reason John Hinckley attempted to assassinate Ronald Reagan.”
That Jody Foster needs to explain herself!
What if the Ku Klux Klan gave a full-throated endorsement of Veggie Tales?
Should we dump Bob and Larry because they’ve aligned themselves with evil?
Let’s move on.
You also said:
“The world is growing more brown. America is growing more brown. Global Christianity is growing more brown. More and more of our neighbors – those we’re called by Christ to love – are brown. And yet here we stand, white Christians, having just pushed a man into office who built his campaign on pledges to wall off and otherwise restrict the movements of brown people.”
We used to sing a little ditty in Sunday School when I was a kid.
“Jesus loves the little children. All the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white. They are precious in his sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.”
Notice who’s missing from the list?
Even though the brown folks aren’t specifically named, I included them too.
I understood that a person’s skin color is irrelevant to Jesus loving them.
And if you’re good enough for Jesus, you’re good enough for me.
Nobody suggested that we build a wall to restrict the movement of brown people.
The wall is supposed to restrict the movement of CRIMINAL people.
“Red and yellow, black and white. They’re all restricted by the height. The wall keeps criminals from entering our world.”
Notice, Phil, that many prisons have walls around them.
That’s because criminals won’t stay put on their own.
Criminals don’t always follow the rules.
If you lock the doors to your house, Phil, I don’t assume it’s because you’re racist.
I assume you don’t care about the skin color of home invaders.
It’d be swell if (even though I’m white) you would give me the same benefit of a doubt.
And finally, you said this:
“How do I share the love of Jesus with a brown-skinned neighbor if I’ve voted to have them deported?”
Well, Phil, we only deport people who are in the country illegally.
We don’t round up folks and ship them over the border because of their brown-ness.
It has nothing to do with love.
It has everything to do with the law.
Let’s rewrite your question and get rid of the racist overtones:
“How do I share the love of Jesus with murderers if I’ve voted to have them jailed?”
Now, Phil, don’t go all crazy and think I’m saying all immigrants are murderers.
I’m explaining myself as per your request.
You share the love of Jesus with murderers the same way you share it with…
…well…with people like me!
You humbly explain that we’re all sinners separated from God.
Jesus payed the price for the sin of murder, or illegal immigration…
…or being born a white guy.
…or voting for Trump.
…or voting for Hillary.
…or piously voting for neither.
That’s the best explanation I can give you.