To the Association of Lamar County Republicans
On February 12, 2019, your president, Robert Black, published an op-ed in The Paris News. This isn’t the first time he has said some outrageous things in your name; so many twisted statements in fact, I scarcely know where to begin.
Mr. Black’s screed against “the left” is classic fear mongering. Those of us who lean left are not enemies; we are your neighbors. We sing in choirs with you and pray together in church. We deliver Meals on Wheels with you and work together on local boards and committees. We pledge alliance to the flag with you and work together to make Paris beautiful.
You know us; we are friends. Please do not let your president get away with demonizing your fellow citizens in this way.
There is deep irony in Mr. Black’s call to “incite unity” when his approach is so disrespectful and divisive. He is not asking for unity; he expects lockstep uniformity.
Are you okay with this? Do Lamar County Republicans really believe America can only be great when we all toe the same line and mouth the same political talking points? Surely you remember America’s rich history of diversity, collaboration and compromise.
It is unity WITHIN our diversity that makes America both great and good.
And are you okay with the way Mr. Black imagines that the Republican Party = God’s will on earth? Surely you see the way this twisted belief damages your party and your reputation, but most of all this conflation does damage to the witness of faith.
The Creator of All nations and peoples and languages is not the possession of the United States of America and especially not a prop for the Republican Party.
The One True God transcends our politics and ignores our boundaries. The One True God calls us to justice and compassion and humility. It is God Who creates our infinite diversity and it is God Who creates the unity of Spirit that brings us together.
I think Mr. Black’s God is too small. And I think Mr. Black’s box is too small.
I won’t be attending the “Incite Uniformity” event the Association of Lamar County Republicans is hosting.
But I will invite Mr. Black to sit down over a cup of coffee and get to know a fellow Christian and fellow American who leans left. If he truly seeks unity, then respectful conversation and honest listening with an open heart is where that must begin.
See Robert Black’s guest editorial here: