I guess the fact that yesterday was Sanctity of Life Sunday was lost on these churches. I guess I can understand that to a point with today being Martin Luther King Jr. Day. To a point, but what took place yesterday in some African-American churches can I say came close, if it didn’t cross the line, to idolatry? I’m sure some will label me intolerant and racist, well that’s your right.
More than 300 people filled the pews at First Cathedral in Bloomfield, Conn., to praise King and Obama before many headed home to pack for bus trips Monday to Washington.
“Obama talked about hope — this solidified it,” the Archbishop LeRoy Bailey Jr. said at the service, in which members of the suburban Hartford congregation watched tapes of King giving speeches that included his 1963 address at the Lincoln Memorial.
Read the rest. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Last time I checked, hope comes from Jesus. The purpose of worship (in Christian churches) is to praise and exalt Jesus Christ. I can tell you that in 2001 and 2005, no matter how beholden you think that white evangelicals are beholden to the GOP we did not witness a display like this when Bush was inaugurated. We shouldn’t see it now. There is only one Savior and his name isn’t Barack Obama.
Update: Just some additional thoughts after receiving a few comments to clarify the original post.
- I am not saying that President-Elect Obama being inaugurated isn’t a historic event. It certainly is and we as a nation can and should be proud that this election transcended race.
- I’m not saying it is inappropriate for people to be joyful over President Obama’s election. I imagine that there is a tremendous sense of pride and joy especially within the African-American community. I certainly do not want to take that away.
- This post really doesn’t have anything to do with President Obama himself, but rather those who I’m afraid have put him on a pedestal so high all he can do is fail.
- I’m just calling the Church specifically to remember, regardless of race, regardless of denomination, and regardless of political party; that politics do not transform hearts and lives. Our hope should be in no politician, but in Jesus. Politics and government can only do so much.
- Also I’m not basing this opinion on just the quote above, read the rest of the article. I could point you to several videos, articles, and share with you some personal experiences that I’ve had with Obama supporters. Idolatry, ok probably not, but certainly misplaced hope for some.