Be careful what you wish for. And be really careful of what racists pray for.
“Dear God, Please help me to hate White people. Or at least to want to hate them” is the anguished supplication offered to the Almighty in an entry of a recently published devotional.
On April 3, a woman picked up this prayer book while she was shopping at Target. The devotional book, titled “A Rhythm of Prayer: A Collection of Meditations for Renewal” is actually number 1 on Amazon’s Christian Meditation Worship & Devotion section and a New York Times bestseller.
Within its pages, the shopper came across the impassioned “Prayer of a Weary Black Woman” authored by Chanequa Walker-Barnes in which “[a] clinical psychologist, womanist theologian, and ecumenical minister whose work focuses upon healing the legacy of racial and gender oppressions.” In case you were wondering what a “womanist theologian” is, it is a “methodological approach to theology which centers the experience and perspectives of Black women, particularly African-American women.”
And if you were curious as to the pious words of this distinguished theologian, simply put-they are bad. Really bad.
Walker-Barnes began: “Dear God, Please help me to hate White people. Or at least to want to hate them. At least, I want to stop caring about them, individually and collectively. I want to stop caring about their misguided, racist souls, to stop believing that they can be better, that they can stop being racist.” Um, that’s racist.
This tortured soul declares all white people as inherently racist and incapable of character development or morality. She specified her need for Divine assistance in a more proper hate for the “nice” White people, mind you, not the “White anarchist allies who have taken up this struggle against racism their whole lives.” Is Walker-Barnes giving a nod to ANTIFA with these words?
Pay heed. She was certainly not referring to the entire white race, but rather a very specific demographic, namely the “Fox News-loving, Trump supporting voters ‘who don’t see color’ but who make thinly veiled racist comments about ‘those people.’ “The people who are happy to have me over for dinner but alert the neighborhood watch anytime an unrecognized person of color passes their house.” According to Walker-Barnes, most White Americans are both irredeemable and existential threats to the black race. No wonder Target is selling this delightful book!
Walker-Barnes elucidated her pesky good-heartedness as she called on the Lord to harden her heart. She unfortunately cannot stop herself from seeing the good in her white peers even though they are dangerous racists by their very nature. “Stop me from being hopeful that White people can do and be better. Let me imagine them instead as white-hooded robes standing front of burning crosses. Let me see them as hopelessly unrepentant, reprobate bigots who have blasphemed the Holy Spirit and who need to be handed over to the evil one.”
On Saturday, one of the members of my church sent me these images of a “devotional” she found in Target. This kind of thinking is a direct result of CRT and is completely anti-biblical. I shared the first page on Saturday but let me now share the whole thing for context: pic.twitter.com/oiRxHQXY53
— Ryan McAllister ن (@RyanTMcAllister) April 5, 2021
The full text can be viewed on the original Twitter post by Ryan McAllister, a lead pastor at Life Community Church in Alexandra, Virginia. There he denounced the “devotional,” calling it “a direct result of CRT” (critical race theory), and “completely anti-biblical.” A very rational response, one that has been met with a horrific number of angry ‘self-hating’ liberals. One such imbecile (who is white by the way) responded to the post with, “I encourage you to spend a little time in the imprecatory Psalms, because this prayer is actually deeply Biblical and full of improbable and unearned grace toward White people. Also I recommend reading her book I Bring the Voices of My People.”
Another said, “Pastor, I noticed you’re going offline. Did you know the editor and author of the lamenting prayer are getting threats to their lives and vile responses from “Christians”? I hope you’re just as disgusted by what your words have done as you were about this prayer.” The number of responses of this sort is great and should cause one to consider just how widespread this false, poisonous worldview has infiltrated the populace.
Walker-Barnes’ tedious, racist soliloquy was inexcusable. This entry should stay in the diary of a mad black woman. Not target shelves.