‘Christian’ leaders, protestors: God sent the shooter
Susan Smith | 6/9/2019, 12:33 a.m.
It is the same sentiment that is driving the passage of draconian laws written to prevent women from getting abortions once a fetal heartbeat is felt, regardless of how the pregnancy happened. It is a sentiment, but it is not God.
The God behind that sign is the God that people called on in history (and still do) to support white supremacist thinking. It is the same sentiment that encouraged Dylann Roof to go into Emanuel AME Church in South Carolina in 2015 and kill nine people who were at Bible study. It is the God who sanctioned grown White men to spray firehoses on women and children in Birmingham during the Civil Rights Movement, and the same God whose believers say punished gay people by sending horrendous storms into cities, killing many and making many more suffer, as a Louisiana lawmaker proclaimed in 2016, as recorded in the Independent.
Many who talk like this claim to be Christian, but they clearly do not worship the God that I do.
It is appalling that anyone would say such a horrible thing as “God Sent the Shooter,” but it is even more appalling that those who malign the name and character of God in this way do it unabashedly, without fear of consequence.
That God is foreign to me and to many. It is a God that has been constructed to support white supremacist thought, which includes not only racist thinking but sexist thinking as well.
It is not my God and could never be.
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith is the founder and director of Crazy Faith Ministries. She is available for speaking. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.