A devotional book entitled, A Rhythm of Prayer, sitting at the top of Amazon’s Christian Meditation and Devotion section has caused some controversy as it includes a prayer by Chanequa Walker asking God to help her to hate White people.
Christian Headlines writes:
It includes a collection of prayers and meditations, including one by Chanequa Walker-Barnes that has sparked a controversy.
“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, and they can stop being racist,” writes Walker-Barnes, a clinical psychologist and ecumenical minister.
Bessey adds that the White people she wants to hate are 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. The people who welcome Black people in their churches and small groups but brand us as heretics if we suggest that Christianity is concerned with the poor and the oppressed.”
Though this book purports to be Christian, it seems to be contradicting one of the basic teachings of Christ that we are to love and even pray for our enemies:
27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. (Luke 6:27-28 NIV)