So what would happen if the Democratic Nominee for President is Pete Buttigieg and in November he ends up facing Donald Trump for the Presidency. To date, unless I have missed something, I have yet to hear anyone in the mainstream media address the “elephant in the room.” They have mentioned his age and lack of experience and even his dubious record with the African American community in South Bend, but no one has mentioned the fact that he is “Gay.”
Are we serious if we think this will not matter in America? It seems almost irresponsible for the press not to have addressed the issue when you stop to consider that Barack Obama’s race and Hillary Clinton’s gender all were issues that the press delved into during their runs for the presidency. Is it wrong for it to be discussed and/or addressed as an important issue that voters will consider when they decide whom they will select as president? Of course it’s not wrong. If you think that when someone draws that curtain, they will not take that into consideration when they make their selection for President of the United States, you are delusional.
Your age, race, religion and life experience will all be important factors in determining how you make your decision. Generationally, sexual orientation will probably be less of issue for millennials and new Generation Z voters, who have grown up in a more gender neutral society. But that will not be the case for Gen X, Boomers and older. The older we are, the more race, religion, education and social standing will come into play to inform our decisions.
There are two factors I would like to discuss in determining the decision that older generations will make. They are race and religion and how they converge. As an African American, it has always been the case that our community has been a mixed bag. What do I mean? African American’s have for the most part been socially liberal because it has been in our best interests. It has always been the civil rights African American that are least upheld and most in jeopardy in our society. Therefore African Americans have always been on the front lines of standing up for civil liberties and equal protections under the law.
Yet, at the same time the African American community has had a history of being religiously conservative. African Americans are noted for their fidelity to whatever religion or faith tradition they are members of. To this assertion, the noted historian John Henrik Clarke says, “Black people will out-Catholic the Pope.” In the case of gender issues and sexual behavior, African Americans have been very conservative in their views. And when it comes to the gay and lesbian community, some might even characterize Blacks as bordering on being homophobic.
This notwithstanding the fact that in the African American arts, there is no small representation of gay and lesbian artists who perform as actors, musicians, singers, ministers-of-music, etc., in our community. It is quite a contradiction when you consider how intolerant we are publicly while privately allowing known closet homosexuals to regularly participate and lead out in our midst.
So how do we handle the presidential candidacy of Pete Buttigieg and his possible Democratic Presidential nomination? Does his gay status disqualify him from being president? And should a Christian refrain from voting for him on that basis?
Let’s look at the arguments for not voting for him. I have already seen posts on Facebook quoting Biblical texts that call homosexuality an abomination before the Lord. I will not dispute any texts of scripture and will not engage in such discussion. I will simply say the Bible calls many things an abomination to the Lord, such as: “Lying lips,” “Adultery,” “Eating certain unclean foods(Fish, Fowl, four footed creatures),” “consulting numerologists” or “horoscopes,” “the devious,” “haughty eyes,” “shedding innocent blood,” “being a false witness who utters lies,” and the list goes on and on ad infinitum. Suffice it to say all sin is repulsive and detestable to God. I might add, when you really look at what is most abominable to God, those things that deal with lying, deception, falsehood and deviousness, are mentioned far more often, than any of the sexually deviant behavior that we tend to single out in the scriptures.
Based on this knowledge, why does Pete Buttigieg’s gay status disqualify him from a Christian’s vote, while Donald Trump’s pathological lying, adultery, xenophobia, sexism and racism does not disqualify him. Are not all these acts abominable to God? Can someone explain the duplicity? Does God categorize sins this way?
Paul explains it like this, he says, “What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”—Romans 3:9-12 NIV
When the woman caught in adultery was brought to Jesus and the priests and rulers asked him to render a verdict against her, his response was, “He that is without sin, let him cast the first stone.”
One final word. The wise man makes an interesting statement about the things that are detestable to God. This is what he says: “There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil, A false witness who utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers.”—Proverbs 6:16-19 NASB. Now here’s the question. If those are the seven things that are an abomination to the Lord, whom does it sound like the wise man is describing, Pete Buttigieg or Donald Trump…