NEWBERG, Ore. - Students and school leaders at Georgia Fox University, a small Christian university outside Portland expressed outrage Wednesday at the discovery of a life-size cardboard effigy of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama hanging from a tree on campus...Taped to the cardboard cutout of Obama was a sign that read "Act Six reject." Act Six is a scholarship program geared toward increasing the number of minority and low-income students at several Christian colleges, mostly in the Northwest. Source: Associated Press
I expected to hear similar stories like these as we draw closer to the U.S. Presidential elections. As a Christian, however, I am livid that this debasement would come from one of our universities. But as an alumnae of a Presbyterian private college I remember clearly the racism I experienced in the dorm room and in the class room. But that was thirteen years ago. I'm livid, y'all.
I have a daughter, who is African-American, Latina and Christian. And I must admit if my child was at that college I might bust Hell wide open. Because that's some bad home training going on over there. There's some parents my age and a little older who needs a purging.
This racism in religious institutions, residing in our bodies is a demon. It makes no sense why a child of the Most High would even conceive of creating a picture of a person, cutting it out, then hanging it from a tree--a historical sting, a reminder of American lynchings, a state of accepting murder as something Okay--accept they are possessed with a spirit that is deceiving their souls.
Or... they are dead.
"Their throats are an open sepulcher; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of the asps is under their lips; whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness...There is no fear of God before their eyes. " (James 1:13-18.)
Let's pray for our children and little sisters and brothers. Because Christ came down here so that we may live. These children ain't living if their mind is set on this kind of work.
Or do you beg to differ?