Intolerance long part of Evangelical church history
Friday, April 12, 2019
I am writing this letter in response to the March 23 letter about white supremacist attitudes that have been prevalent throughout United States history. Likewise, racism and intolerance of all marginalized minorities is not just a part of American history; it is also a part of Evangelical church history.
Quite frankly, racism and intolerance of immigrants, as well as members of the LBGQT community is a well-established part of conservative Evangelicalism. White conservative Evangelicals feel extremely threatened by cultural change. In fact, conservative Evangelicals have suspiciously tolerated Donald Trump’s racist behavior and statements, mainly because they felt traumatized by the years of Barack Obama’s presidency.
In November 2016, a movement occurred in the United States that consisted of some individuals wearing a safety pin. Their intention was to show that they were opposed to Trump’s racist and xenophobic campaign speeches. The safety pin was their way of showing they were a “safe place” for those who were afraid of being physically or verbally attacked. This group of people symbolically contended with the anti-immigrant, racist, homophobic, and misogynist attitudes of Trump and some of his supporters.
I say all that to communicate my assessment of numerous conservative, evangelically-minded churches throughout the Albemarle region. They critically rebuff the outrageous certainty that everyone can come into the Kingdom of God.
Frankly, I have the veracity to say that God, who reconciled us Christians through Christ, changed us from his enemies into his friends and he did not let our sins influence his perception of us. I am certain that God wants all human beings — males and females; homosexuals and heterosexuals; citizens and non-citizens; whites and blacks; and all others — to be changed into his friends by trusting in Jesus Christ.
Richard T. Cartwright