Just a tidy reminder…

…about the non-inclusive nature of Barack Obama’s long-time home church in Chicago. From the Trinity United Church of Christ website, this “about” paragraph:

We are an African people, and remain “true to our native land,” the mother continent, the cradle of civilization. God has superintended our pilgrimage through the days of slavery, the days of segregation, and the long night of racism. It is God who gives us the strength and courage to continuously address injustice as a people, and as a congregation. We constantly affirm our trust in God through cultural expression of a Black worship service and ministries which address the Black Community.

Well, one might argue about Africa being the “cradle of civilization.” So their geography is a little weak. There were several places that might qualify, and the only one in Africa would be the Nile Delta, which is somewhat hard to trace to the West Sub-Saharan Africa that provided the bulk of those taken to America as chattel slaves.

For us in the West, we normally consider the Tigris-Euphrates triangle, in modern day Iraq (and that’s a whole ‘nother story, brothers and sisters…) as our “cradle.” But that’s not really the point, which is that, accurate or not, Trinity UCC is a black church, for black people. Period. No whites need apply; you’ll probably not be terribly welcome.

And that vitiates Trinity’s other claim, that they are “a congregation which is…Unapologetically Christian.” Imagine a Baptist or other, actual Christian church, claiming that it was “Unashamedly” white, and looked to, say, Ireland, or Scotland, or any other European nation and claimed it as the “cradle of civilization.”

Such a church would be slamming the door on those not white, not from Ireland, or whatever particular place is claimed. This would not be a church of Jesus Christ, who specifically broke down the barriers that men had made. If there were such a church still in existence (to our shame, there had been such in the past), there would be some hell to pay, and properly so. To have a white member of such a church as a credible presidential candidate would be unthinkable. Why has Obama gotten a free pass on this?

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3 comments

  1. John,
    Yes, Wright is a racist. His Black Liberation Theology is a lie from hell. As a member of a Baptist church on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, I and my pastor repeatedly knocked on doors in our city and invited all, whether black or white, to our church. Only one black ever took us up on the invitation and then did not return despite our attempts to make that person feel welcome. On the other hand, I have NEVER had a black person knock on my door and invite me to their church or even ask me if I knew Jesus as my savior. I have often wondered who the racists really are.
    People such as Wright have taken Christ’s words and twisted them to fit a Marxist framework. I can only hope that God will open Wright’s eyes to the Truth someday (if his heart is not already hardened beyond the point of no return).

  2. JB, thanks for the comment. The experience at my Baptist church here in Virginia is a little different, but we’re still a 98% white congregation.

    And it’s not for us not trying. All are truly welcome. One of our assistant pastors is black, but from Jamaica. Speaks with a cultured and almost Irish accent. And we’ve got one mixed-race couple who are members.

    But our church is in an overwhelmingly white neighborhood, and there’s scads of Baptist churches in Virginia…Baptists have choices, so why travel far overland if you’ve got a church whose congregation looks like you?

  3. I understand the pull of wanting be in community with those who look like oneself. But there is no color in Christ and all colors can worship together. I was also a member of a Baptist church in a military town. Our congregation was very diverse. It is possible to fulfill the law of Christ. People are just tired of being told they are racist and/or don’t understand the black experience by the likes of Wright.

    Wright uses the black experience as justification/excuse for his brand of Marxism. He has substituted race for class. He uses the black experience much in the same way the IRA (which were Marxists) used the Catholic community experience to foment violent revolution against British rule in N. Ireland.

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