I won’t comment too much on Rev Wright, Rev. Pfleger, Trinity United Church of Christ; that’s been done, and done, and done. I won’t comment on whether or not Barack Obama takes to heart their messages; he knows. Though, in an LA Times article he didn’t attribute his departure to the hateful, racist and politically divisive messages of TUCC, but he did say that he left because he doesn’t want the church subjected to scrutiny. I read that as support; that is appalling.
For reasons too numerous to list, I would never vote for Barack Obama, but I do expect to be casting my vote this fall for a qualified candidate, John McCain. So why not take at least a quick peek his religion and his church?
“I was raised in an Episcopal church and attended high school at a high school called Episcopal High School. I have attended North Phoenix Baptist Church for many years, and the most important thing is that I’m a Christian. And I don’t have anything else to say on the issue,” McCain said. ABCNews
I guess if he doesn’t have anything else to say, then it was just a quick peek. According to the same article, his presidential campaign said he had been attending North Phoenix Baptist Church for more than 15 years. My initial reaction to their website was that they seemed like a normal Christian church. Initial reaction to Sen. Obama’s church could also be normal Christian, but scratching the surface of a many UCC churches and TUCC especially, show they have a certain twist or addition to Christ’s true message. So for fairness I took a scratch at the surface of John McCain’s church. What I found was a very Christ centered church. Just helping others, helping others to find faith in Christ, Christ’s message; no twists. Certainly nothing hateful, nor racist. But again, to be fair, I listened to a couple of messages delivered by Pastor Dan Yeary. I especially liked one from Feb ’08 titled Living Generously: Loving Your Enemies. He read a quote from of all people, progressive Anne Lamont.
You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.
When I heard that quote again in this context, I couldn’t keep from thinking how Mr. Obama’s TUCC version of a god seems to also have disdain the white portion of America.
Bottom Line ==> I hope more people scratch the surface of John McCain’s church, faith and religion. I think Christianity is well represented and will be well served.