Where Africa is King, not Christ

With all the fuss about Mormons, and Baptists, and fundies, oh my, what’t this about Barack Hussein Obama’s membership in a church that appears to offer radical politics and Africa, not Jesus Christ, as King?

St. Obama is a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, in Chicago. From their “about us” webpage, their “10-point Vision:

    1. A congregation committed to ADORATION.
    2. A congregation preaching SALVATION.
    3. A congregation actively seeking RECONCILIATION.
    4. A congregation with a non-negotiable COMMITMENT TO AFRICA.
    5. A congregation committed to BIBLICAL EDUCATION.
    6. A congregation committed to CULTURAL EDUCATION.
    7. A congregation committed to the HISTORICAL EDUCATION OF AFRICAN PEOPLE IN DIASPORA.
    8. A congregation committed to LIBERATION.
    9. A congregation committed to RESTORATION.
    10. A congregation working towards ECONOMIC PARITY.

Now, I’m just a cranky old white guy, but find it funny (not) that on their “about us” page is not a single reference to Christ. “ADORATION” of what or who, exactly? If not Christ, then what? Africa?

That’s the first impression. The second impression is that this list reads like a to-do list for the Bolsheviks. “LIBERATION.” “ECONOMIC PARITY.” “CULTURAL” and “HISTORICAL” education. And you’ve just got to adore that “AFRICAN PEOPLE IN DIASPORA.”

Perhaps I’m being a tad unfair. After all, I’ve not been to one of their services. But, since I’m not of African origin, doesn’t seem like I’d be welcome. And this makes it unchristian.

Obama should be asked a few questions about his church, and why he’s been a member for so long (I believe it’s 20 or so years). Most specifically, does he endorse “economic parity?” Does he have a “non-negotiable COMMITMENT TO AFRICA.” And if so, what would that entail, vis a vis his being an American president. Does he consider himself to be an African in “diaspora?” If so, when does he plan to move to Africa?

The most important question, however, is: where’s Jesus Christ in all of this “about us.” Or is it all, just “about us.” And not Him.

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