Words have power, and critical times call for a raw honesty that truly captures the emergency and urgency of the moment. Not primarily for the purpose of change, though there’s always hope, but rather for the integrity of the soul. For to not speak and to not speak fully, is to surrender with spineless capitulations of support.
In fact, it doesn’t matter if you are listening or not, or whether you care or not. What matters is that it’s spoken, that you’re pushed to the wall with unvarnished truth. After that, it’s on you. History will record your verse.
Sadly, chances are, your neighbor isn’t willing to say it.
Your friends probably aren’t willing to say it.
And certainly, your pastor won’t say it.
But, I’ll say it.
In fact, I can hear Jesus screaming it.
So, listen carefully…
That’s right, f*ck you.
F*ck you for highjacking Jesus and making Him the hood ornament of your world bulldozer while rationalizing every kind of evil in your efforts to cleanse the world of people different from you. F*ck you for embracing so much denial and personal greed that you can’t see the pus-oozing tumor of your white privilege protruding from your heart, nor your addiction to its stench. F*ck you for believing this country is about you, your prosperity, your exclusive brand of believing, and that Jesus backs your nationalistic, abusive ingrown narcissism and gaslighting.
F*ck you for kneeling before your idols of guns, white supremacy, and Christian conservatism while children fear being murdered at school, minorities live in terror, and violence overtakes our streets. F*ck you for your “thoughts and prayers” vomited from the black hole of your callousness as good people suffer, often at the feet of your evil corruption. F*ck you for your hypocritical attempts at dictating how people protest, love, live, and speak, in hopes that your narrative will overpower and control us.
F*ck you for your so-called “mission” trips that ultimately serve to put a spiritual notch on your belt while you allow the very same people that you brag about reaching “for Christ” to be put in cages and refused safe harbor. F*ck you for raping our environment as you build a world purposed on paying for the expenses of your insatiable greed. F*ck you for your constant blaming of Hillary, Obama, progressives, and “fake news” while the President you worship preys upon your willingness to turn a blind eye to all that is detestable and demonic if it puts money in your pocket, gives you power over people, and preserves your white, male, heterosexual privilege.
F*ck you for being such a selfish person that your hate and fear of the fruition of true equality for all has become so strong that you are willing to attack every and any socialistic idea and the people who hold them, demonize and abuse minorities and immigrants, and limit healthcare, education, and liveable wages for all.
F*ck you for rationalizing lies, supporting in Trump the very same things you hated in Obama, and waving your “libetards” flags at everything that doesn’t jump in your bed and let you grab their pussies with your diabolical desires to cleanse the world of all that is different and in disagreement with you.
F*ck you for trying to convince us that, for you, it’s all about making immigration “legal” while you chant “send her back” to a brown-skinned, female, legal citizen and Congresswoman of the United States of America who isn’t politically loyal to you.
F*ck you for trying to rape America into a country where it’s patriotic to declare that people “should leave” who have strong disagreements with your exclusive political ideologies in order to “make room” for people who will declare their allegiance to your brand of thinking and believing.
F*ck you for arrogantly declaring the divine importance and inerrancy of the “clear teachings” of the Bible that seem to support your desires for power and privilege, yet conveniently ignoring the countless Biblical admonitions on immigration, foreigners, and refugees—all while you pledge your “Christian” support to a President who aspires to rewrite the United States Constitution by removing birthright citizenship.
We know that to you who are privileged, the emergence of true equality always feels like war.
We know that Christianity has long been the preferred and hijacked religion of white, male privilege and many have waged numerous battles to protect and foster your spiritually contrived elitism.
We know that racism, sexism, nationalism, homophobia, xenophobia, colonialism, and capitalism have become important, coveted weapons in your fight.
We know that what is now playing out before us on our national stage is merely the deep seated, elitist infection within much of white, Christian America being stoked with fear and given the freedom to surface and fully ooze its pus.
We know that when it’s all said and done and the truth is revealed, what you really fear is Jesus and the increase of His Kingdom on earth, especially in America.
So, f*ck you for not seeing it too, and hoping we all become as blind, selfish, and gullible as you.
And to the rest who sit in silence, twiddling your thumbs as you weigh the risks of taking a stand, f*ck you. F*ck you for not choosing a side, for trying to pass off your self-serving cowardice as some kind of righteous path of peace while innocent people suffer and die in the wake of your pompous passiveness.
Not to mention, f*ck you for your cold porcelain heart that, by now, has surely turned its pretentious nose up at my use of the word, “f*ck,” but gladly guzzles down fascism from whatever leader will pour more power and privilege into your cup.
There is no more time for “shame on you,” “wake up,” or “pretty please.”
So with all due love and respect…
Grace is brave. Be brave.
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