Dear Senator Kelly Loeffler,
I watched the recent Georgia Senate debate between you and Reverend Raphael Warnock. Pastor Warnock, I should say, has already gotten his unfair share of criticism, but I’ve noticed that the religious Right has failed to call you out for yours. It’s starting to look like a case of political Pharisees who hold everyone in the country to laws and principles that they don’t abide by themselves.
You tried to paint yourself in the senate debate as someone who is for all Georgians, that you are someone who cares about the people of Georgia. And yet, after the debate, I’m reading the news when I notice you posing for a picture with a former Ku Klux Klan (KKK) leader. How do you explain this? Can you even explain this? To me, there’s no need to explain. You’ve said that you didn’t know who he was, but that just seems downright silly. You have been vocally against the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement from the beginning. I get it, you don’t want to eliminate law enforcement (one interpretation of “defund the police”), but you could at least have been vocal about the tragic death of George Floyd. If anything, you’ve been very silent. And your silence speaks volumes.
You must understand that you can’t just say one thing, then do something else and expect people to cling to your words. Actions speak louder than words, so what you do will always linger longer than what you say. And in an election where you want to win, every action matters. You can’t just get by with a few “mistakes.”
if you hang out with racists, you’re racist
Since you’re a Republican, I take it that you’re a woman who lives by the Christian Bible. And in it, we read that the godly man (or woman) does not “walk in the counsel of the ungodly” (Psalm 1:1). Paul explains this well when he says that “bad company corrupts good morals” (1 Corinthians ). You are the company that you keep, and if you hang around racists and associate with racists, if your best friends are racist, if your political allies are racists, well then, you’re a racist. There’s simply no way around this line of logic.
This can be seen with your friendship with QAnon member Marjorie Taylor Greene, who, sadly, won her congressional seat recently. But the saddest part of it all is that Marjorie Taylor Greene is racist, clearly so. This summer, she said that blacks should be proud when they look at Confederate statues because it shows how far we’ve come as a country.
And so, based on you being who your allies are, it’s obvious to me that you’re racist. First, you say racist things. Earlier this summer, in response to the WNBA putting “Black Lives Matter” on every WNBA jersey to honor the black lives lost to police brutality, you wrote,
“I adamantly oppose the Black Lives Matter political movement, which has advocated for the defunding of police, called for the removal of Jesus from churches and the disruption of the nuclear family structure, harbored anti-Semitic views, and promoted violence and destruction across the country. I believe it is totally misaligned with the values and goals of the WNBA and the Atlanta Dream, where we support tolerance and inclusion” (Bold font mine).
You say that you don’t condone violence and destruction, but what have you said about the MAGA folks responsible for destroying BLM signs and targeting black churches? Crickets (nothing). What have you said publicly about the lives lost behind police brutality? Crickets (nothing still). It’s fine to say “I don’t support defunding the police,” or “I’m not for taking Jesus out of churches.” You point out the Black Lives Matter’s supposed “anti-Semitic” stance, which, by the way, I’ve not read about, but your stance appears to be anti-black. I mean, you’ve staunchly opposed BLM, are allies with a known racist (Marjorie Taylor Greene), and now you’ve posed with a former KKK member that nearly beat a black man to death. How many “racist” mistakes does it take for you to woman up and carry the label that rightfully belongs to you, as a racist?
Last but not least, you’re a stanch defender of President Trump. You’ve said that you have a “100% Trump voting record.” 100%. You don’t disagree with Trump’s stance on anything? That alone makes things worse for you, since it’s a known fact that Trump is racist. He’s called Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” because her DNA test proves she’s Native American. He tweets about the nonexistence of white privilege. he doesn’t want black people working at Trump Towers or even applying for jobs. He’s told congresswomen to “go back” to their own countries, though the majority of them are American citizens. If you’re 100% Trump, friends with Marjorie Taylor Greene, and don’t support Black Lives Matter to fight against police brutality, then you’re a racist.
It’s time you wear the label.
being racist puts your pro-life stance into serious question
Being racist puts your pro-life stance into serious question, though. You do understand that, if you truly are racist, and that’s what the evidence shows, then you can’t be pro-life. The reason? Someone who is pro-life fights for all life, not just white lives for example. You clearly oppose Black Lives Matter, so my question for you is this: do you believe that black lives really do matter? Do they matter to you? Do George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others mean anything to you? Do you mourn their deaths? Do you believe that police have gotten away with murder because they wear a badge?
Someone who is pro-life cares about all babies, all infants, all persons, regardless of age. And so, your stance on racism (as seen by those you hang around) makes it highly suspect that you’re pro-life. I honestly think you’re holding to a Republican agenda for the sake of your future political career, should you decide to run again. But your stance says that you really believe the Trumpism that has now come to define the Republican Party.
And yet, you know that this racist stance of yours is not only against the pro-life agenda, but it also makes you a murderer because Scripture says so:
14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. (1 John 3:14-15, NKJV)
If you’re a true racist, Kelly Loeffler, and you hate your black brothers and sisters and don’t even care about their lives or think them worthy of life, then you, Georgia Senator, are a murderer. You speak about abortions and how it’s murder, but the truth of the matter is that the Bible says those who are racist are murderers too. You may not pull a trigger, you may not stab someone, you may not assassinate them, but if you don’t believe that black lives matter, you are a racist, and thus, a murderer.
So while you’re pointing the finger at Democrats who are pro-choice (which, for the record, being pro-choice isn’t the same as pro-abortion), you have several pointing back on yourself because you’re as big a murderer, if not bigger, than just about any Democrat.
Senator Kelly Loeffler, you’ve got a lot of problems. And now, you’re running for election (you weren’t elected the first time, just put in place to hold a Republican seat). I sincerely hope that the people of Georgia deny you another term. I pray that the WNBA kicks you out because your stance seems more in line with the Confederacy than it does the UNITED States of America.
But above all, I pray as a Christian that the Lord will change your heart, mind, and ways. No murderer will see the kingdom of God. Some mother who aborted her child out there has sought and received the forgiveness of God. David sought and received the forgiveness of God for his murder. But you must repent of your racism. You can’t say you love God and then hate your black brother and sister, and hate black babies. If you don’t love your black sister and brother whom you see, you don’t love the God that you cannot see. And you definitely don’t love the Jewish Jesus you claim to worship if you hate the black people you see everyday. How, then, is the love of God in you?
Signed, Pastor D.M. Richardson
The Essential Church
December 21, 2020