The clock is ticking on the November midterms, and Stacey Abrams who is running for governor in Georgia decided it was time to go to church. Abrams took to the pulpit in an Atlanta church and thought it was best to promote abortion in God’s house.
Abrams also preached about matriarchal governance and race-based state contracts.
What a sermon…
This all took place at the noon service at Elizabeth Baptist Church last Sunday. The candidate tried to look and sound like a pastor and even threw in some out-of-context Scripture verses to back up her political campaign platform.
She trumpeted the issue of abortion, but she could not use the Bible for her position, so she instead used a generic reference to her “tradition of faith.” It was a feeble attempt to justify her support for abortion at least until fetal viability and possibly even “until the time of birth.”
“And for those in this room who are women,” Abrams began. “I come from a tradition of faith, and I believe that I have the right to control my body and control my future and that that belongs to me alone.
“And I don’t want to make the choice for anybody else,” she continued, “but I don’t want some man who’s never met me in my doctor’s office with me.”
Abrams didn’t stop there, she moved to compare herself with some bible heroes like Queen Esther, Deborah, Ruth, and both Mary and Martha. She had some leeway to do this because when Bishop Craig L. Oliver Sr. introduced her that morning, he said, “God has raised [Abrams] in the capacity of an Esther in today’s time. For such a time as this, God has exalted her.”
The candidate placed herself in this line of Biblical females so she could then denounce patriarchal leadership and promote matriarchy.
“It took men to break this place. It’s going to take a woman to make it right,” Abrams declared.
That’s probably the only message quite like that the Atlanta Baptist church has ever heard, and I guess that it did not sit well with the male elders. The truth about all those women in the Bible is only two of them, Esther and Deborah, held leadership positions and they still functioned under male leadership.
The politician went on to use another Biblical passage out of context, this time she went to a passage in Lamentations and she used the scripture to challenge everyone to vote. Abrams described the purpose of the book of Lamentations as reminding us that even under siege, we can see the future, and we have a chance to rise up and have more. Then she took a leap, “And voting is how we do that in a democracy…For me and my house, I plan to vote.”
That’s a long leap from what the text really says, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
The last issue that Abrams focused on from that pulpit was how the government needed to have more contracts for people of color. She blurred the lines between state contracts with revenue.
“Right now, the state of Georgia gives 1.5% of the contracts to people of color,” she stated. “We’re 48% of the population, we should be more than 1.5% of the revenue,” Abrams said.
That is original to her campaign. She says that the way to counter economic gaps between black and brown communities with the majority community is through government contracts. That is the source of wealth creation she focuses on.
It all boils down to the vote in November. This is the second time Abrams will face Gov. Brian Kemp for the governor’s seat in Georgia. In this election, he is in the lead by almost 6 points, so it looks like Abrams will need to consider another job. I hope it’s not in the pulpit.