Guest post by Dr. Fatimah Salleh, originally posted on Feminist Mormon Housewives
As I sit here and reel from the recent results of our election, I find myself heartbroken, scared and infuriated—nothing new to this brown American woman.
What baffles me the most is how, just how, many of my Christian brothers and sisters voted for Donald Trump. So, naturally my mind and heart try to make sense of how a people who claim to love their neighbors vote for a man who instills hate.
Why is it that white American Christians fail to grasp the deep disconnect between their political leanings and the teachings of Jesus Christ?
Because I can no longer hear your words and actions of derisive disconnect, I am going to connect the dots.
First, let’s get one thing straight—white supremacy has always cloaked itself in white Christianity. Biblical text has and continues to be weaponized to enslave, oppress, and harm the children of God. Slave masters preached the teachings of Paul with aims to let black people know that God wanted them to be submissive to their shackles.
Make no mistake the sacred can be sinister.
Now for all you professing to believe in the great two LOVE commandments, I have cause to worry about how you’re choosing to love people like me.
Now, if you say you’re a Christian, you should fully be aware of some key components of how to love. I think Jesus Christ was fairly specific about how to show love to your neighbor. (Matthew 25:34-36)
You know you are to love by feeding the hungry—but vote to cut food stamps and other welfare programs.
You know you are to love by welcoming the stranger—and you voted to build a wall.
You know you are to love by providing for the sick—and voted to get rid of healthcare for millions of Americans.
You know you are to love by hearing and seeing to the cries of the “least of these”—and yet cast your vote for a man whose character and policies speak to only inflict more political persecution and social anguish on already vulnerable bodies.
You are more worried about a woman’s right to choose than about a man who chooses to do whatever he wants to a woman’s body.
Sadly, it was the religious right that called for the government to kill the God of Love. As Christians we should consistently and routinely evaluate our discipleship.
Please take an individual and collective inventory of the Christianity you profess.
You keep this up Christians and you may say you side with the right, but you just might end up on the left hand of God.
And heaven forbid, Jesus say to you, “Depart from me, ye cursed…for as much as ye did it NOT to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.” (Matthew 25: 45)