Hillary Clinton is white. The pastors who declared her to be the next president of the United States, surrounded by the favor of the Lord, were black.
Hillary Clinton is a woman. Most of the pastors were men.
So, this is not a color issue and this is not a gender issue.
This is a righteousness issue, and it is shameful for ministers of the gospel to bless a candidate who stands for a woman's "right" to shed innocent blood in the womb (through all nine months of pregnancy), who aggressively supports the redefinition of marriage and who calls for the changing of cherished religious beliefs.
Shame on those who partook in this ceremony.
It would have been one thing if they prayed for her in a biblical way, asking God to bring her to Himself and to help her fulfill her God-given destiny. By all means, we should pray for Hillary Clinton (just as we should pray for Bernie Sanders and for the Republican candidates).
It is another thing entirely for these Christian leaders to say over her, "Until He comes again, Secretary Clinton and President-to-be Clinton, we decree and declare from the crown of your head to the soles of your feet that the favor of the Lord will surround you like a shield, in Jesus' name."
No, my brothers and sisters (if indeed all of you truly know the Lord), the favor of the Lord does not surround those who call evil good and good evil, and it will not surround such people until they repent.
There is a black genocide taking place in our country as Satan continues to wage war on African-Americans, a people who have endured unimaginable hardship in our country. And the stark reality is that, what slavery and segregation could not do, abortion is doing, killing black babies at a disproportionate rate compared to the rest of the nation. In the words of black pastor Clenard Childress, "The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb. (He claims that "1,786 African-American children ... are killed each day in the womb.")
As stated boldly on the Maafa21 website, "They were stolen from their homes, locked in chains and taken across an ocean. And for more than 200 years, their blood and sweat would help to build the richest and most powerful nation the world has ever known. But when slavery ended, their welcome was over. America's wealthy elite had decided it was time for them to disappear and they were not particular about how it might be done. ... So don't think that this is history. It is not. It is happening right here, and it's happening right now."
You might reject Maafa21's claim that the disproportionate percentage of black abortions in America is part of a conspiracy, but the numbers are undeniable, whatever the cause.
According to the article, in 2012, "there were more black babies killed by abortion (31,328) in New York City than were born there (24,758), and the black children killed comprised 42.4 percent of the total number of abortions in the Big Apple, according to a report by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene."
Note also that while blacks make up roughly 25 percent of the city's population, they made up more than 42 percent of the abortions, while nationwide, blacks make up roughly 13 percent of the population but account for more than 35 percent of all abortions.
How then can ministers of the gospel—of any color—proclaim the favor of the Lord over a radically pro-abortion candidate? What kind of blindness is that?
In April, 2015, Hillary Clinton actually stated that, "Religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed" in order to expand abortion, and she is on record as pledging that, if elected, she would only appoint Supreme Court Justices who would uphold Roe v. Wade. And she once included as a woman's "fundamental right" the utterly gruesome and barbaric practice of partial birth abortion." (I challenge every pastor who laid hands on Hillary to watch this video. The woman you anointed president defends this horrific practice.)
The Lord's favor does not surround those who celebrate and uphold a decision that has led to the slaughter of more than 55 million babies, and to declare so is to make a mockery of God and His Word.
Needless to say, there are countless African-American Christians, including leaders, who agree with me. As I said, this is not about race or gender. This is about righteousness.
Strikingly, in Leviticus 18, the practice of sacrificing children to the god Molech is followed immediately by the prohibition of homosexual sex: "You shall not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, and so profane the name of your God: I am the LORD. You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination" (Lev 18:21-22).
Not surprisingly, the most radical pro-abortionists are almost always staunchly pro-homosexual, and Hillary Clinton is a glaring case in point. In fact, her 2011 speech in Geneva, in which she aggressively pushed America's gay activism on the world, was so offensive across the continent of Africa that leaders there called it "abhorrent."
What then would these African leaders say to African American leaders who declare the favor of the Lord over a radical supporter of abortion and homosexual activism?
Someone might say, "Well, the only alternative is a Republican, and the Republican Party has largely ignored black America and not been compassionate toward the poor. Plus, Republicans are war mongers, which also leads to the shedding of innocent blood."
But even if every word of that criticism were true—and that's a discussion for another day—the Democrats have hardly elevated poor Americans (including African-Americans) and, more importantly, just because you don't find a suitable Republican candidate doesn't mean you proclaim blessing over a candidate who supports what God abhors.
And so, while it is bad enough to vote for a candidate like Hillary Clinton, it is far worse for representatives of the Lord Jesus to lay their hands on her in holy affirmation.
Having said this, I'm quite aware that some will love me for writing this column while others will hate me, but just as those leaders felt they should bless and anoint Hillary for president, I felt that I should call them out.
Let God be the Judge.
Dr. Michael Brown (www.askdrbrown.org) is the host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fire radio program. His latest book is Evangelicals at the Crossroads: Will We Pass the Trump Test? Connect with him on Facebook or Twitter, or YouTube.
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