It seems that about once a week or so, a Christian right leader makes a statement that makes me tilt my head to the left the way a dog does when you’re hiding the ball from him. This statement by Rick Joyner about why God allowed slavery in America and how he’s making up for it now is a good example:
“As the Lord showed me many years ago,” he said, “He sent the blacks to our country to help teach us about freedom and liberty. You say ‘they were made slaves, how are they going to know about freedom and liberty?’ Wasn’t Israel in prison, I mean they were made slaves to Egypt. You know, the only two people groups in history that were enslaved because of their race were the Israelites and the black people.”Citing the passage in Exodus in which the Egyptians shower the Israelites with riches as payment for their years of slavery, Joyner then said that the same thing is happening today with black professional athletes.
“I believe that’s one reason for all the high salaries for athletes today,” he said. “I rejoice in it. The bigger the salary that are mostly going to minorities, I’m saying that’s the Lord doing that. They may not use it right or anything, but the Lord is going to repay them.”