I guess I don't have to explain why I'm black. This is not about the biological origin of my color, but about the origin of my political ideology, which many people, both online and off, black and white, seem to have an issue with.
Although in most cases, when I'm questioned as to why I'm a Conservative, it's questioned because of my skin color, as if African Americans are not allowed to hold conservative views, have no right to support any political party except the Democrats, or have a political viewpoint counter to that of the radical left.
Numerous times on Newsvine, I've been accused of being white (by both blacks and whites), and posing as black, simply because of the Conservative views I have expressed here, or in some cases my critics may concede I'm black, but have sold out.
That just indicates to me my opponent(s) have no valid response to my stated position, and have to resort to a very personal attack, which they believe denies me my life experience and in turn my credibility. They are mistaken because it does not.
I am totally secure in who I am, and what I believe, and God knows where my heart is.
If what I advocate is not offensive to God, then I offend no one, because there is no higher standard set for man, than that set by God (As David said, "Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight", Psalms 51:4)
I really get a laugh now when that charge is made against me, because I doubt there are many African Americans who have had a more stereotypical (for those who deal in stereotypes) "black upbringing" than I have.
Born in Brooklyn NY, and raised in a city owned housing project in the low income African American community of Bedford- Stuyvesant, I doubt any African American online or off can validly challenge my origin as being anything other than classically African American.
My father and mother, both African American, came north to NYC with their parents from South Carolina and Virginia as children, respectively, in the late 1930s. I've now moved back to the South, and live in Georgia. In my 55 years of life I think I've seen or lived just about every aspect of the so called , "African American experience", both good and bad.
Of course my Christian belief has a lot to do with my conservatism. In most cases anyone who is a true Bible believing Christian (even an imperfect one as I honestly admit I am), and doesn't compromise on that belief, is going to be identified as being a Conservative (or labeled something worse).
Our society now says homosexuality is acceptable and normal. The Bible says it isn't, so I reject and oppose that view.
Then we have the new belief that a, "woman's right to choose" to terminate the life of her unborn child is acceptable. My Christian viewpoint is it's murder, and so I reject and oppose legalized abortion.
A lot of African American culture (which in some forms is becoming mainstream American culture - although some kind of demarcation line seemed to be drawn when Janet Jackson exposed her breast at Superbowl 38 - I may be wrong, but I don't believe an African American artist has headlined the SuperBowl halftime show since then), in some of its aspects, I feel has visited nothing but death and destruction on the black community, and is detestable to me.
Many of our so called, "black leaders", and "role models", in politics, entertainment, and sports who exploit that culture for their personal gain, at the expense of lives and souls lost and destroyed, I find despicable. I reject the culture and them, and don't hesitate to openly say so.
As a 88 year old black man who attends our Church likes to often say to me, "Brother Curtis, we (referring to African Americans) seem hellbent on Hell".
So my Christian belief puts me in direct opposition to many of the latest sociological and cultural changes which have taken place in this country, and have fueled the ongoing political conflict for the last 50 years. But I feel my Christian belief, and study of the Bible, has also granted me clear insight and clear vision into the true nature of this conflict, as well as the nature of men.
I oppose Barack Obama with a passion not because I have any personal hatred of him (as I've also been accused of ). While I don't believe Obama is the Anti-Christ (incarnate), I do believe his radical leftist ideology is anti-Christ in nature and origin,and that I have an obligation to speak out against it, even though it puts me at political and emotional odds with the great majority of the black community, and even some members of my own family.
The Bible says that spiritual warfare of good versus evil, although manifested in human struggle here on earth in the form of political conflicts and wars, is not controlled by human beings, but is fought by human beings under the control and influence of those spiritual forces:
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." - Ephesians 6:1
So understanding that, I can honestly state I hate the spiritual evil of homosexuality, without hating the homosexual, or that I hate the evil of abortion, without hating the abortion doctor, or the woman who made the choice to dispose of her child in that way.
I hate the spiritual force which drives our President to, with his leftist agenda, oppose the agenda of God, without hating our President himself, also knowing he like many others (giving him the benefit of the doubt), may be truly unconscious of the forces which drive him.
Finally, let me state that if the choice is pleasing God or pleasing men, and if in the minds of some its costs me my racial identity, brands me a neocon, a homophobe, or any other derogatory label, I still choose to please and serve God as I believe He would have me.
As Joshua said,
But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD - Joshua 24:15.
I feel the choice in our times are the gods of monetary greed, and evil political correctness which manipulate and exploit baseless guilt and our inborn desire to be fair.
These gods are being cleverly marketed to the masses by those who are spiritually and morally lost, who now control this world, and sanctioned by a government which no longer serves or listens to the great majority of the people in this country, and has formed a demonic alliance with these forces to now strip us of our God given freedom.
In response, I choose as Joshua did:
As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD!