Divine Scrutiny In The Voting Booth
God is Watching
By Nicole Nichols
I’ll bet you didn’t know that when you cast your vote in November you were being tested! And, I’ll lay another wager that you had no idea that God was the proctor of that test! How many of you went to the polls realizing that you were under such divine scrutiny?
Prior to the election, Dominionist Pastor Harry Jackson was making predictions that black and Hispanic Christians would vote for Romney over Obama because of Obama’s stands on abortion and same-sex marriage. He asserted that re-election of President Obama would bring “divine judgment upon America,” and that God was already hard at work trying to remove anyone who favors same sex marriage from office.
Gee, I thought that God was all-powerful and that if he wanted something like that done he could do so with a nod of the head! My bad. Little did I realize that he would have to tax himself to accomplish such a feat. At any rate, if Jackson is correct, God really didn’t do so well this time around.
So now what? I mean, African Americans and Hispanics voted and President Obama was given another shot at running the United States of America. The sky didn’t fall, and the Rapture didn’t come. The Mayan Calendar ended in a whimper and the mighty right-wing zealots are still licking their wounds.
Well, Jackson has somewhat of an apocalyptic view. He now believes that God has redirected his focus from those in office to the voters who just didn’t see things his way. Now God is going to “take out” those who voted for Obama as well as those who “don’t care about homosexual marriage.” He says that God doesn’t like the fact that voters chose “race over grace.”
Jackson serves as Senior Pastor at Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Maryland. He is also a regional bishop in the Fellowship of International Churches. He founded and chairs the High Impact Leadership Coalition which is comprised of a group of ministers who oppose abortion and same-sex marriage.
Believing that President Obama is in a “committed relationship” with black voters, Jackson has claimed that relationship has become an “adulterous” one.
Jackson: “The black community is in an adulterous relationship with President Obama,” Jackson said. “He is asking us to stray from the most basic tenets of Scripture – that marriage is an institution made by God for man and woman to become one and procreate. He’s telling us it’s fine to hold onto our beliefs but that it’s also okay to accept his stance on a position that goes against that core belief.”
“This is no different than a married person having a relationship with someone other than their spouse,” said Jackson.
In actuality, Jackson is nothing more than a water boy for the Family Research Council and the National Organization For Marriage. He doesn’t see that because his ego is too fragile. NOM bought him for 20 thousand a year and whenever they need to appeal to the black community, guess who they parade out? This tactic is certainly nothing new. However, it is demeaning both to Jackson and the black community.
While relaying his predictions on Trinity Broadcasting Network, he stepped into applauding the notion of the Seven Mountains Mandate, which advocates dominion over the seven areas of culture in our society, claiming that Christians will prevail and “replace Obama’s False Church.”
Jackson is but one of many who have been duped and bamboozled into doing the dirty work of the religious right. Much like the drug lords who send children into their gutter to deliver their wares, so as not to get their hands dirty or attract too much attention, the dominionist cult is not much different. When there is a job to do that might end badly, or might garner negative attention they rely on their lackeys to deliver. They truly are master manipulators.
This, however, doesn’t absolve Rev. Harry Jackson. Jackson is an educated man. But, like so many, his ego can be appealed to and stroked enough to make him believe that he truly is somebody who is valued. Just as there are millions of mainstream Christians sitting in the pews of steeple jacked churches across this country every Sunday never realizing that their minds are being warped with the dogma of a cult and by a malevolently twisted cult leader.