A Georgia couple – Anna and Glenn – found themselves at the centre of a media storm this week after Anna’s mother, Christian blogger Gaye Clark, wrote an racist article for The Gospel Coalition.
Entitled “When God Sends Your White Daughter a Black Husband “, Clark, who describes herself on Twitter as a “recovering Pharisee”, wrote that she had “asked the Lord” to send her daughter a husband who is:
Godly, kind, a great dad, and a good provider.
What she didn’t count on was:
God sending an African-American with dreads named Glenn.
The outrage this provoked sent Clark, a cardiac nurse in Augusta, into full-on panic mode, and she asked the Gospel Coalition to delete the article. And yesterday it did. It also directed visitors to its site to a follow-up “conversation”.
Understandable frustration and constructive concern was not the only response [to the article]. Sadly, white supremacists have threatened the author and her family.
Even so, she felt the need to compile an eight-step guide for how to handle one.
Her tips included:
• Remember your daughter’s ultimate loyalty is not to you or your family, but to the Lord.
• Remember heaven’s demographics.
• As you pray for your daughter to choose well, pray for your eyes to see clearly, too. Glenn moved from being a black man to beloved son when I saw his true identity as an image bearer of God, a brother in Christ, and a fellow heir to God’s promises.
Two days after posting her guide, the divine intervention of backlash apparently gave Clark a change of heart.
I have asked TGC to remove my article from their website,” she tweeted yesterday morning.
I am profoundly grieved over the hurt and harm it has caused. Would covet prayers.
An article intended to celebrate God’s work in this family’s life also became an occasion for hurt and pain.
In a Gospel Coalition post from last year, Clark admitted to once believing:
Most African-Americans who decried racism in America were being overly sensitive.
But she changed her mind after befriending a black church member.
In another piece, she criticisd a gay worker, Mark, for his:
Emotional preferences and cherished identity as a gay man. Mark’s deepest obstacle wasn’t his homosexuality; it was his unbelief. He had exchanged the truth for a lie – even believing the lie to be a virtue.
However, she criticized herself for only considering her coworker:
Through the lens of his sexual sin.