There's no fail like a minister fail, and that's what recently happened in Mississippi when a white minister decided to not marry a black couple at his church because a few members complained and said they'd come for his job. In a breath-taking case of CYA, Rev. Stan Weatherford chose his job over doing the right thing and that's what lead to me writing about it for Clutch Magazine Tuesday.
Here's a snippet:
The minister who made this terrible call is Pastor Stan Weatherford, and I’m trying really hard to be like Bill Clinton and “feel his pain.” I mean, what could he do? Stand on principle and possibly lose his job due to bigotry in this economy, or end up looking like a sap on the national stage for doing something that sounds more 1912 than 2012? Decisions, decisions. But this all goes back to how, for all our advancements as a nation on race, that hour (or two or four or six) we spend in church on Sunday is still one of the most segregated hours in America.
Years ago, there were some other ministers, priests, and other religious folk who faced a similar dilemma. Follow Jesus or follow bigots. Now, sure, some of those bigots claimed they knew Jesus, but a lot of people claim to know Jesus, which goes back to how any and all beefs I have about Christianity has very little to do with Christ and everything to do with a few of his followers. So let’s take a look at what people in similar (and far more dire) situations did.