By Dianna Hobbs, President & CEO, EEW Magazine
In an article titled “Church-Going Black Women Forced To Choose: My Pastor Or My President?” Syracuse University Professor, Dr. Boyce Watkins asks, “Can you live the Christian lifestyle your pastor preaches while supporting the policies and beliefs of President Barack Obama?”
Clearly, Obama’s stance in support of gay marriage is at odds with Bible-based teaching in many predominantly black churches. But according to Dr. Watkins, women are so in love with Obama’s “presidential swag” that they just may be too busy swooning over the black family man’s “beautiful family photos on the cover of Essence Magazine” to side with a man of God’s biblical position over Mr. Obama’s anti-biblical stance on gay marriage.
But are black Christian women that gullible and easily swayed?
Personally, I resent the implication that we are somehow so helplessly romantic that our principles take a backseat to our fantasies. With all due respect, I think I’m downright insulted.
As a black woman and the Founder of Empowering Everyday Women (EEW) Online Magazine, the nation’s leading web publication for Black Christian women, I say that is not an accurate depiction of who we are.
While I understand there is no monolithic viewpoint within the Christian context on the issue of gay marriage—some view it from a purely political angle, not through emotional or spiritual lenses—a vast majority of us are led by the spirit of God and our core Christian convictions. We are an Ephesians 4:14 people. That scripture says, “We won't be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.”
Whether those tricky viewpoints in opposition to the word of God come from the president, preachers, or community leaders like Reverend Al Sharpton, Julian Bond, Melanie Campbell, or Reverend Dr. Joseph Lowery—all who signed a letter in support of Obama’s pro-gay marriage stance—God is the final authority in our lives.
We are not hapless, overly romantic drones unable to think for ourselves when a positive image of a black man is dangled in front of us.
There is one thing in the article Dr. Watkins almost got right if we change three words.
He said, “Asking these women to abandon the teachings of the pastor and bible that they’ve loved for so many decades could possibly be too much to ask.”
Replace “could possibly be” with the word “is” and Dr. Boyce Watkins and I will be in agreement on at least one thing.
Named one of the 70 Most Most Influential Black Christian History Makers by Black Christian News Network, Dianna Hobbs is President & CEO of Empowering Everyday Women Online Magazine, the nation’s leading web publication for women of faith and color. Visit Dianna Hobbs online at www.EmpoweringEverydayWomen.com. Connect with Dianna at www.Faceboook.com/dianna.hobbs.