By Joseph L Green
A few years ago, I was confronted with a very interesting question. I was doing an interview concerning my opposition to gay marriage. One of the callers, who if I had to guess is like myself, an African American, said to me “I am surprised that, as a black man, you are against same sex marriage”. It took me a couple of seconds to let this process; what exactly do you mean by this? Was my question to the caller; although he couldn’t articulate exactly what he meant, the implication was clear. What the caller was trying to suggest was that there is a connection between being black and being gay.
This is one of the many deceptions that have been perpetuated against blacks and other minority groups for some time. To equate homosexuality with race is absurd; yet more and more blacks have fallen for this. Although the Democrat Party was the party that started the KKK and the Republican Party the party of Lincoln and the Party of Sojourner Truth, Carter G Woodson, and Mary McLeod Bethune to name a few; yet if you are black and a conservative you are considered “not black enough” or a “sellout”. The narrative is clear, black America is being merchandised by the liberals.
Why do I say that? For many years liberals have taken the black community for granted. If you are black you are expected to be a democrat and to consistently vote for liberal causes. Even though the majority of blacks believe in God, they are for traditional marriage and are pro-life, they still overwhelmingly support the Democrat Party. In 2008 and in 2012, approximately 95% of African Americans voted for Barack Obama and the Democrat Party.
Before moving forward I want to clarify; I am not, nor have I ever, been a Republican. This is not necessarily about political parties but about ideology. I use the labels of Democrats and Republicans because those are the two belief systems most clearly defined by the two-party system in America. The ideology that I am focusing on is the socially conservative belief system most associated with Christian beliefs; that being marriage between one man and one woman, pro-life, and freedom of religion. Sadly enough, although most black people openly declare that they support these beliefs, their ideologies have become disconnected with their political affiliations.
There is a shift happening; more and more people of color are waking up and coming out of the mental plantation of liberalism. They are recognizing that liberal causes are not only in opposition to what their deeply rooted morals and values dictate, but overwhelmingly we see the deep destruction that the liberal platforms of fatherlessness, godlessness, and entitlement programs being pushed by the liberals are literally destroying the black community. Black America has the highest incarceration rate, the highest rate of fatherlessness, and the lowest mortality rate of all racial groups in the US. Liberalism and godlessness has run its course for the people of color in the US!
On August 16 in Hershey PA there is a movement starting. It is a movement to turn the nation back to conservative values. It is a call to stand for Biblical Marriage, for pro-life and religious freedoms. It is a multi-cultural, multi-denominational, movement that is taking place in PA. It is a stand against governmental interference with the free exercise of religion. It is the start of a clarion call to restore America to the ideals that have made this the greatest country in the world. It is the united movement to restore America!
We are asking Americans to become a part of the movement; if Americans love this country, and want America to continue to be the beacon of light to the nations, we are inviting them to come and be a part of this awesome movement of restoration and hope. We are asking Americans to get involved in the Unite To Restore Americamovement.
For more information go to: www.unitetorestoreamerica.com
Pastor Green is the Pastor and co-founder of Antioch Assembly in Harrisburg, Pa. He is a husband, a father, a businessman and an author. He is married to Gwendolyn Green and together they have 3 children.
He is a 1985 graduate of Harrisburg High School and attended University of Pittsburgh and Towson University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in communications. He also spent four years in the United States Navy.
He is on the board of directors for the Bethesda Mission located in Harrisburg, Pa. and the founder of “The Josiah Project”, a mentoring project for troubled teens in the city of Harrisburg. He is on the advisory committee of March for Jesus PA and Healing Tree International Ministries. He is the author of three books; “From Kilos to the kingdom”, an autobiography of a life transformed, “The church that will turn the world upside down”, and “Standing on the Rock”, a book that discusses race, religion, politics, and faith.