…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?