July 09, 2007

Anglo Evanglicals Not Forgiving of Senator McCain

Washington, DC - The New York Times recently revealed the agony that our white evangelical brothers and sisters suffer as a result of their racial intolerance and over the debate of which Presidential candidate to vote for in the Republican primaries.

According to the story, Senator John McCain is the most conservative Republican candidate in both fiscal and social issues, but his support of the legalization of thousands of undocumented people is preventing the white evangelicals from supporting McCain's candidacy for President of the United States.

It seems the white evangelical church prefers to consider any other Republican candidate, most notably, the ex-governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, a Mormon; the ex-mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, who has divorced three times and now is working on his fourth attempt of marriage in addition to favoring the economic subsidy for abortion; and finally, ex-Senator, Fred Thompson, who in addition of having practiced the profession of lobbyist in Washington, DC, has collected million of dollars from clients that endorsed non-conservative issues and has also had several marriages, most recently a wife more than 20 years his junior.

The New York Times story has awakened our opinion on the absurd conduct by our white Evangelical brothers and sisters who dare to discard McCain, a Christian candidate with an outstanding record of public and military service and consistent commitment to conservative values. Instead, they look to support any other candidate regardless of moral or political history, simply because of not being able to forgive McCain for his efforts to find a workable, dignified and compassionate solution for immigration reform and the millions of undocumented immigrants in America.

From this aberrant and incorrigible position by the white evangelicals we gather that the national sin of racism permeates in the conscience of many Americans 150 years after the civil war divided the nation and unfortunately still remains in the 21st century.

Speaking from a sad but truthful perspective, the presence and manifestation of this national sin should not come as a surprise to thousands of Latino evangelical ministers in the United States, who based on the history of this nation, have in someway or another experienced some form of racial discrimination within the great Anglo evangelical denominations.

For many years, we have maintained a position to stay quiet for benefit of a unified body of the church while trying to avoid that this cancer of racial intolerance continue advancing to the point where it results in the death of spirituality in the church or worse even, to become whited spulchre as in (Matthew 23:27) where Jesus says to the Pharisees that they have become hypocrites, meaning that those leaders in his time were respectable on the outside but rotten on the inside.

The immediate response by many of our Anglo denominations who are in the presence of thousand of believers, Latino ministers and those of other ethnic and racial backgrounds has been to allow to the concept of homogeneous evangelism that preaches the segregation of the races and cultures giving each the limited decision making ability rather than providing them with the same privilege to sit at the decision making table (even as they have grown to become so large in numbers) in the national circle of evangelicals.

History confirms that the opinion of our white evangelical brothers continues to take priority as if God himself speaks only to the Anglo leaders and church who subsequently inform the rest. This belief and conduct perhaps was useful during the time of colonization and military invasion because it was considered a North American evangelizing tool but was later terminated as a result of the political and religious abuses that it provoked.

The body of Christ, theologically speaking, does not allow autonomy of its parts and vital organs but rather, demands the submission to each to the other, thus eliminating the belief that one member is of greater value or significance than another, although some are more susceptible to social scrutiny and this only for the purpose of human vanity.

As Christians, Latino Pentecostals, and the evangelical church, we have the moral and spiritual obligation to expose the national sin that besieges our brothers, and to demand repentance if we seek to obtain the mercies of God and truly heal our nation.

This effort will bring us two important benefits: to raise the level of spiritual conduct of this nation and to recognize the importance and value of the ethnic-minority congregations in the United States. Our presence and inclusion will bring extreme and relevant value beyond the fact that we are numerous and fast growing.

We call upon our Anglo brothers to repent. Perhaps then, after some spiritual healing you will support politicians of integrity who have proven to be outstanding leaders with public and moral track records that regardless of their political party are worthy of the evangelical vote. This is the sort of Presidential candidate that deserves our support and prayer. This is the true spiritual approach and will bring social justice for our great nation.

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