Obama tests his challenge to black churches


The King holiday provided Obama with an national opportunity to test his threat to tell black churches they are wrong about homosexuality being sinful. Speaking at the politically inclined Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta this past Sunday, Obama slipped in a line coded to let the homosexual community know he was keeping their interests alive in the black church. This after he was extensively criticized by gay activists for recruiting former homosexual Pastor Donnie McClurkin to perform on Obama’s “Change” gospel tour in South Carolina.

In response to the criticism, Obama said, “There’s a problem of homophobia in the African-American community. I will go into churches, I will go into meetings with ministers and say, “I disagree with you on these issues. This is not how I interpret my faith.” But the fact that we’re having a conversation, I think, allows the possibly that I will change their minds, make them more tolerant of these issues.”

Obama then told the audience at Ebenezer:

“For most of this country’s history, we in the African-American community have been at the receiving end of man’s inhumanity to man. And all of us understand intimately the insidious role that race still sometimes plays – on the job, in the schools, in our health care system, and in our criminal justice system.

And yet, if we are honest with ourselves, we must admit that none of our hands are entirely clean. If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll acknowledge that our own community has not always been true to King’s vision of a beloved community.

We have scorned our gay brothers and sisters instead of embracing them.

A different tale for two churches
But just a week earlier in Las Vegas, Senator Obama spoke from the pulpit at Pentecostal Temple COGIC (pictured right greeting church “mothers”). His message there was decidedly more “sermonic” telling the church:

“God told Moses that the torch would be passed to Joshua. Joshua was going to lead the chosen people to the promised land. When Joshua found this out he was scared. But God told him that it was time for a new generation to take the lead. Today is no different, it is time for the Joshua Generation to lead. I am part of that generation but no Joshua can lead without those behind him.”

But there he made no mention of gays and lesbians, nor of a need to include them. Perhaps that’s because most COGIC congregations are theologically opposed to homosexuality, thus his audience would have been turned off his remarks.

Ebenezer is part of the Progressive Baptist Convention which espouses a much more liberal social position, thus allowing its member churches autonomous interpretation of the Bible’s moral standards.

photo credits: Ebenezer Church, AP; Pentecostal Temple Church, Reuters

10 thoughts on “Obama tests his challenge to black churches

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  2. When it comes to a presidential candidate like Obama, I don’t know what should be considered worse. The fact that he voices his own heretical ideas about homosexuality at one church or the fact that he then stays silent , masking his ungodliness on the issue at another church just to gain votes.

    In either case, his lies have caught up with him and his sin has been found out.

    Num 32:23 But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.

  3. Obama is playing both sides as you can expect from a politician but I am interested in the church he attends in Chicago which is a Marx influenced Liberation theological set up.

    What does Obama say about arbortion?

    But you know christians are dazzled by politicians when they visit churches.

  4. I have nothing nice to say about the Progressive Baptist Convention or Obama’s UCC (so-called United Church of Christ).

    We are not told that the church should “embrace” someone who engages unrepentant in abominable behavior and acts as if God desires them to continue in such a manner. 1 Corinthians 5 proves we are to remove them from our midst and NEVER “embrace” them again till they turn from promotion of evil.

  5. I don’t get it why would these churches allow a politician to speak on Sunday morning.Whether they agree with their politics or not. I am a pastor of a very small multiracial church.I don’t think any politician would want to visit us anyway. However if they did they would have to sit and hear the word of God like everyone else. I wouldn’t let them speak just because they are famous. Total man pleasing.Obama is pro abortion why would let him speak if not trying to get PR for their church and pastor.

    Keep up the good work GCM I enjoy your ministry

  6. You know what? The average church would scold a small child who ran up on the pulpit/podium in a playful moment and remind the child that only certain peopl e are allowed behind the “sacred desk”. Those same churches open their pulpits to every lying abominator who wishes to capitalize on a gathering of black people to interupt the worship of the LORD with their sales pitches. I will never understand it.

  7. “Lying abominator.” That catch phrase would make me chuckle if it wasn’t so seriously tragic.

    What a great political opponent bumper sticker that would make –
    Don’t Trust The Lying Obamanator.

  8. Obama’s vague promises of hope and unity, mask something much more sinister. I am beginning to think that I would prefer a calculating politico like Hillary to a true believer like Obama. Not only does he believe in abortion on demand because it gets him votes, he believes his Bible actually allows for such a barbaric action on the part of a mother against her unborn child (via the abortion provider).

    Heck, any guy who could vote against (and hold up in committee) the Born Alive act is just plain ol’ morally repugnant to me.

  9. I think Obama is being sensitive as he deals with a potentially explosive issue. He understands that this election is about much bigger issues than homosexuality. Yet he had the courage to stick with McClurkin, and he has the courage to speak in front of disapproving black audiences and criticize their stance on gay issues. (Remember that he has spoken out at Black universities where his position on gay issues is unpopular, not just at friendly pulpits.)

    Furthermore, his message has not been that black christians should reinterpret the Bible. His message has been that we have treated gays with “scorn”, used harsh and unfriendly language, and ignored their plight with aids. He is calling christians to live up to their calling as agents of love in the world, to ALL people, including those we disagree with. Does the average gay person feel love from the Black church? No. So more must be done, and can be done without changing our beliefs about homosexuality.

    As for Obama’s own beliefs on the matter… he is entitled to them as a free man.

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